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Seasonal Care For Your Chickens

How to care for your chickens in the summer, fall, winter and spring. Find proper care tips and much more in these articles. Learn how to you prepare your chickens for each changing season.
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Help your Backyard Chickens Beat the Summer HeatDid you know that the effects of heat on chickens is cumulative? And that a sudden increase in temperature is more dangerous than a gradual climb. Temperatures between 55-75 are optimal, anything higher starts to cause stress to chickens' bodies. And humidity levels above 75% make things even harder on them.
Keeping Chickens Warm During Winter | GRIT Magazine There is nothing quite as amusing as seeing a chicken come out of the coop on that first cold and snowy morning of the year. More often than not, the flock will rush out the door only to turn tail and rush right back in again.
What Does a Chicken Coop Need for Fall? - Backyard PoultryFall is the perfect time to answer the question: What does a chicken coop need for the fall/cold weather? Now is the time to start preparations before the weather turns bad. With the proper preparations, backyard chickens usually weather the winter quite well.
Time to Start Winterizing Chicken Coops - Backyard Poultry By Robyn Scherer, M. Agr., Colorado Is it time to start winterizing chicken coops? Snowflakes softly fall to the ground, and an icy breeze cuts through the early morning hours. Winter is coming, and with it, decreased egg production. Short, chilly days can be hard on chickens if they are not taken care of properly in the winter.
Keeping Chickens Warm During Winter | GRIT Magazine There is nothing quite as amusing as seeing a chicken come out of the coop on that first cold and snowy morning of the year. More often than not, the flock will rush out the door only to turn tail and rush right back in again.
4 Safety Tips for Chicken Heat Lamps - Backyard Poultry Everyone has seen the 250-watt red heat bulbs. Every feed and hardware store stocks them and many poultry keepers have a chicken heat lamp in their coop.
Your Guide to Winterizing Your Flock, Coop, and Chicken Pens and Runs
Can Chickens Eat Pumpkin Seeds & Guts? - Backyard Poultry When raising backyard chickens, it's important to understand what to feed chickens to keep them healthy on a daily basis. But they absolutely love pumpkin, which is loaded with so many great nutrients. Pumpkins contain many different vitamins: A, B and C, as well as zinc. The seeds are loaded with vitamin E.
The Pros & Cons of Coop Heating: Do Chickens Need Heat in Winter? - Backyard Poultry Recently, I've been writing about safely heating backyard chicken coops and addressing the question: Do chickens need heat in winter? In New England, we get buried under heaps of snow and experience temperatures in the negatives. During these times, my mind becomes pre-occupied with staying warm.
A Proper Chicken Coop Design Reduces Winter Health Issues - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites When planning your chicken coop designs for anyone who lives in the frigid north, have you ever wondered how cold is too cold for backyard chickens? I've heard other people say things like, below freezing, below zero, and when it feels too cold for me.
Caring for backyard chickens in winter January temperatures hit us in October. If you adhere to the Farmer's Almanac, expect continued chill with average snowfall this winter. I'm personally still hoping for an Indian summer before winter 'officially' begins. Sooner or later we know snow and cold will become our immutable companions.
How Cold is Too Cold for Chickens in Winter? - Chickens in a Minute Video - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites It's a common question that even long-time chicken keepers ask. How cold is too cold for chickens in winter? It's reasonable to wonder, given that we're bundled up to fight off cold during the winter months and, for all intents and purposes, our chickens look the same as they do in summer.
What's the Best Chicken Coop Light? - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites When we supplement light to our chickens in winter, does it matter what type of bulb we use? Between incandescent, fluorescent, and LED bulbs, there are benefits and drawbacks to each chicken coop light, but do the chickens have a preference? How should that light be set up?
The Efficiently Heated Chicken Coop - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites Having grown up farming, Dennis and Dianna Westphal were no strangers to the joys of raising chickens. After 20 years or so without them, Dennis decided in the spring of 2013 to build a coop and try his hobby anew near their Wisconsin home. So what's the big deal?
Rabbit and Chicken Frostbite Prevention Methods - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites Rabbit and chicken frostbite occurrences are preventable. Adopting good cold-weather management for your small livestock buildings will go a long way to preventing rabbit and chicken frostbite in the first place. All buildings have ventilation, drafts, and humidity that need to be controlled.
Can Chickens Eat Cranberries? - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites It's the holidays and cranberries are everywhere. Can chickens eat cranberries? Yes. They make a great treat by themselves or mixed in other recipes. Chickens do fairly well in the winter keeping themselves warm by fluffing their feathers to trap warm air next to their bodies but feeding your chickens winter chicken treats can give them a boost.
Heated Chicken Waterers: What's Right for Your Flock - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites Every season brings its own battles. In the summer, you are fighting the heat, heat strokes, perhaps, lack of water, inability to keep water cool, flies, etc. Summer weather can also bring an increase in a chicken laying soft eggs.
How Snow in Chicken Pens and Runs Affects Your Flock - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites My chickens love being outside. I keep a light in the coop to welcome them inside during bad weather, when it gets dark early and the rain leaves the open-air chicken pens and runs in puddles.
WINTER WATER: Keep it Flowing For Your Poultry! - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites By Lana Beckard, Nutrena Poultry Expert Like all living things, chickens need water to thrive, but keeping your hens hydrated in winter can be a challenge when temperatures plummet. Consider these tips to keep the fluids flowing, even in the coldest climates.
Winterizing Your Flock; A Winter Menu for Poultry - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites By Lisa Jansen Mathews I receive calls each winter concerning loss of chickens or the reduction in egg production. Both of these issues are related to diet. The callers are pleased to get manageable answers. I am not sure why the poultry feed industry builds its rations on growth stage alone.
Six Winter Keeping Tips for Backyard Chickens - Backyard Poultry Is keeping chickens in winter hard? Courtesy of fall molting, chickens should have a full set of new fluffy feathers for winter that will keep them perfectly comfortable in temperatures down to 40 degrees and just fine well below freezing, assuming they are in good health.
 When you live in a rainforest, it rains. (Right about now you're probably thinking, "No kidding [or insert expletive here], Sherlock.") Stay with me here. Are you ready for another ridiculously obvious statement? (I'm on a roll!) Lots of rain means lots of mud. So What's the Problem, Lady?
Harsh weather impacts chickens and their eggs When you think of the impact of extreme weather, you might not immediately think about its affects on chickens, but bitter cold temperatures threaten to freeze not only hens but their eggs. Allison Bertsch has more than 30 chickens. Normally they produce dozens of eggs.
5 Ways to Cool your Chicken Coop this Summer | Community Chickens Keep your chickens cool and comfortable this summer with these 5 quick and easy ways to cool your chicken coop! Summer is right around the corner, which means that it's time to start preparing for those inevitable heat waves! Heat can make us all miserable, and that includes our chickens!
How to Keep Chickens Cool in Summer - Chickens In A Minute Video - Backyard Poultry With summer heat upon us, it's important to remember that high temperatures can be harder on a flock than the cold temperatures of winter. The effects of heat are cumulative and can be enhanced by high humidity so be sure to keep vigilant during heat spells.