Keep Your Chickens Cozy In Winter!
By Tom Seest
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There are several things you can do to help your backyard chickens stay healthy during the winter months. Keep them warm, feed them properly, and make sure they’re happy. Here are some tips for keeping your chickens happy and healthy all year round. During the winter, your chickens will be especially tired and may need a break from their usual routines.
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Chickens are amazing creatures and have one of the best insulation systems on the planet. Their feathers trap warm air around their bodies and act like a cocoon, keeping them warm even when the weather is below freezing. While it’s impossible to keep chickens warm all the time, you can take a few steps to keep your chickens happy and healthy during the winter.
First of all, keep water and feed topped off daily. Chickens do not like cold water, but they can tolerate cold air. Keep the water jug warm and add some straw to prevent it from freezing. You can also cover the water container with a large black bowl. The black color will help draw in warmth.
You should also provide a covered walkway for your chickens. They may want to wander outside in very cold weather, but it is not healthy for their feet to remain barefoot. To prevent this problem, spread straw or wood chips on the walkway. You can also add a layer of scratch on the straw.
While most chicken breeds are able to tolerate cold weather, some are not. The feathers on the Ameraucana, Easter Eggers, Orpingtons, Wyandotte, Speckled Sussex, and Australorp are not as cold-hardy as the standard feathers.
Another way to keep backyard chickens warm during the winter is by placing them on a roost. It will keep them out of the cold air, but their feathers will protect them from frostbite. In addition, you can rub some Vaseline on them before they go to sleep each night. This is also important because chickens’ feet are exposed to the cold winter air, and you don’t want to risk their feet getting frozen.
You should also keep your chickens hydrated. Water freezes at a lower temperature, so it’s important to keep water warm for your chickens during the cold season. Make sure to give them water two times a day. Chickens will go off their feed if they don’t get enough water and will also stop laying eggs.
You should also make sure that your chicken coop has adequate ventilation and insulation. Chickens burn more calories during the winter months, so try to increase the amount of feed they get each day. You can also swap out their feed for something with more calories and fats. A cabbage tied to a string and chasing it can provide plenty of exercise for your chickens.
When it comes to feeding your backyard chickens during the winter months, it is important to follow the right guidelines. A balanced diet with plenty of protein is essential for their health. You can supplement their food with supplemental protein snacks and natural supplements. A diet rich in whole grains is also important.
During winter, chickens will require more protein than they do in the summer and fall. They also use more protein to stay warm. Therefore, increasing their protein intake will ensure that they get the right nutrients they need. In addition to supplemental feed, chickens will appreciate food scraps.
During the winter months, chickens will usually stop laying eggs. They need more energy for egg production and to stay warm. Feed them a diet rich in protein and carbohydrates during the cold months. A full stomach will help them survive the long nights. Also, a diet rich in carbohydrates will help them maintain a normal temperature.
During the winter, you should increase their feed and frequency of feeding. Since chickens burn more calories during the winter, you can increase your feed frequency and swap your chicken feed. Adding extra healthy fats is also beneficial. In addition to increasing their intake, you can also keep your chickens active by tying a cabbage to a string. This will keep them active and prevent them from pecking one another.
Chickens also prefer warm food during the winter season. It is also important to provide warm water and oatmeal for them to drink. Warm water will help prevent their water from freezing. Also, you can give your chickens low-nutrition treats only at mealtime. During the winter, chickens produce fewer eggs than they do in the summer.
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