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Raising chickens through the seasons.

This page is under construction, month by month. Please bookmark it and keep coming back for great information, tasks and tips, as the seasons go by.

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Raising chickens in your backyard is not difficult, and can be very rewarding.

How to raise backyard chickens, month by month - Pin for later.

But it's important to know that your flock requires different levels of care at different times of year.

In these pages, we look at how to care for your chickens, month by month.

Use these links to get to where you want to be - quickly!

Click on any of the images to be taken directly to that article.

Raising Chickens in the Spring.

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 detail and personal support.

But what about the adults in the flock? As winter turns to Spring, do their needs change? What foods should they be given?

And 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 through until the end of May. 

Chicken care in March - click to view article.
Chicken care in April - link.
Chicken care in May - link.

Summertime: everything you need to know about raising your chickens when the weather heats up.

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? And what can be done to prevent it?

All these questions will be answered for you, month by month, between the beginning of June and the end of August.

Chicken care in June - link.
Chicken care in July - link.

Raising Chickens in the Autumn (Fall).

As summer cools down into 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 how to keep your flock safe from celebrations, these articles will make sure your chickens are safe and your coop is putting its best foot forward to dealing with the winter onslaught about to happen.

Chicken care in October - link.
Taking care of your flock in November - link.

Keeping your flock safe when temperatures plummet: winter in the chicken coop.

Winter. Christmas allows us to spoil our flock, decorating the coop and offering healthy seasonal treats.

But freezing temperatures, cold winds and damp all give particular problems for the backyard chicken owner.

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.

Tasks around the coop for the month of December - link.
Raising chickens in January: all you need to know - link.
Taking care of your flock in February - 20 to-dos to keep your chickens healthy.

Supplementary articles.

Key articles about issues faced by chicken-keepers at different times of the year.

Come hatch with me! Link.
Frozen treats to keep your flock cool in summer - link.
Chicks in the brooder - link.
Treating frostbite - link.
How to spot heat stroke in chickens - link.
Light in the chicken coop - yes or no? - Link.

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