Winter snow scene

December tips for keeping chickens

  • Place drinkers on a bed of straw and out of prevailing winds to prevent water from freezing
  • Deep-litter the coop in winter by adding fresh straw on top of droppings to generate heat
  • Add some perches to the run, enabling the chickens to rest off the cold floor
Swedish Flower Chickens

October tips for keeping chickens

  • Check coops for leaks and fix stiff hinges or locks before winter
  • Ensure perimeters of runs have no breaks, which predators could penetrate
  • Create a dust bath by filling a plastic box with play sand or dry compost for use when the ground is damp