Raising chickens in your backyard is not difficult, and can be very rewarding.
But it's important to know that your flock requires different levels of care at different times of year.
Sometimes, especially if you're new to chicken-keeping, it can feel a little overwhelming to know what to do, when.
In these pages, we'll take each month in turn and look together at how to care for your chickens, step-by-step, month by month.
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These pages are written with raising chickens in the northern hemisphere seasons in mind. If you're in the south, please choose the months that correspond most closely with your climate.
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Spring - the time when every chicken-holic's thoughts turn to incubating and hatching - or to heading down to the feed store or hatchery, to order some cute balls of fluff.
I have that covered with articles about what happens at different points of incubation, and a hatching course for those who want additional details and personal support.
And what about the adults in the flock? As winter turns to Spring, do their needs change? What foods should they be given?
When exactly will hens come back into lay after the scarcity of eggs during the winter months?
This season stretches through the gradually brightening days of March and April, right up until the end of May.
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The temperature's rising, hens are back in lay, and those roosters hatched last year are starting to make clear who they think the leader of the flock should be...
What needs do your flock have at this time of year? What foods should they be given, and what treats are available this season?
And what about extreme temperatures? Do chickens get heat stroke? What can be done to prevent it? How can chickens be kept hydrated when the temperatures rise? What's the best bedding for the chicken coop to keep temperatures - and flies - down?
All these questions will be answered for you, month by month, between the beginning of June and the end of August.
As summer heads down towards winter, autumn steps in. The weather gets cooler, predators start hunting for food and chickens become vulnerable to attack.
From dealing with moulting hens to giving your coop a winter-ready inspection, to growing protein rich foods to last through the winter months and covering how to keep your flock safe from celebrations - it's all dealt with in these articles.
Together, we'll make sure your chickens are safe and your coop is putting its best foot forward to deal with the winter onslaught about to happen.
Winter. Christmas allows us to spoil our flock, decorating the coop and offering healthy seasonal treats.
But freezing temperatures, cold winds and damp all provide particular problems for the backyard chicken owner.
From frostbite to windchill, the benefits of garlic to beating winter boredom in the coop, you'll find all the information and tips based on research you need here to keep your chickens safe, healthy and happy from early December to the end of February.
These articles look at the issues each month brings, and begins to plan for the time the days start getting lighter and thoughts turn to hatching, chicks and the warmer days of Spring.