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When winter comes around, both new and experienced homesteaders wonder how they can keep their livestock and fowl warm. This issue is primarily a concern for those who have smaller animals, like chickens. There are several ways to protect these animals from the cold, but many owners ask if they should provide a direct heat […]Read more »
Blogger Elle Pugsley shares some winterizing ideas from southern England. Cold and Windy Now that we are into the cold, windy, wet winter months it was time to make some changes in my chicken run. It gets awful windy where we are near the sea in the south of England, we’ve had the top line of our […]Read more »
Do not feed salt water to chickens! I was recently complaining to a fellow chicken keeper about the fact that we had just spent $150 at the feed store to buy heated water buckets for the animals, and that’s not including the electricity used to run them all winter. This is not just for our […]Read more »
Keeping your chickens happy and healthy during winter can be a challenge! There are some important care considerations that you will need to keep in mind during the colder winter months to help your flock thrive. In addition to providing high-quality feed and constant access to water, you can help keep the winter blues at […]Read more »
Egg are Seasonal If you’re new to raising chickens you might not realize that chickens do not naturally lay an egg every day, year-round. In the late summer/early fall you might notice that your hens stop laying altogether. You might also notice that your coop is littered with feathers. This is the seasonal molt where […]Read more »
When winter arrives and the safety of the lush green trees is gone, our chickens lose their outside time. See, when the leaves are down the risk of hawk and falcon attacks are so great, we choose to keep them in the safety of the barn. Though they can move about the barn and […]Read more »
We all know that winter can be a particularly challenging time for chickens. What with the snow, howling cold winds and hungry predators, winter can be a pretty rotten time. Whilst you can’t change the weather, there are several things you can do to make your chickens’ lives easier. Step One: Keep Their Coop Warm […]Read more »
As many of you will already know, fall and winter are a dangerous time for chickens. This is because predator attacks are much more likely at this time of year. So in this article, we are going to give you some ideas about how to improve your flock security to prevent attacks. You can prevent […]Read more »
Fall is coming; are you ready? It is officially that time of year again when we must begin to prepare for the colder months. The colder the climate you live in, the more preparation that will be needed. Where do we even start? There are so many loose ends to tie up before the snow […]Read more »
Dust baths are important for maintaining a healthy, happy flock. But what do you do when the ground is frozen or covered in snow? Make an all-weather dust bath for your chickens! We live in a part of the Western US that experiences cold winters but rarely gets a lot of snow. Last year, though, […]Read more »