Winter chicken care
Our first truly cold
spell of the winter hit this weekend, with two inches of fluffy snow
and daytime highs below freezing. Saturday night it dropped to 7
degrees and I was worried about our outside critters.
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To my surprise, everyone
carried on as usual. In fact, we harvested 10 eggs from our 14-hen
flock --- not bad for girls who've spent the day freezing their toes
Winter chicken care is
pretty basic, actually. You want your chickens to be dry and draft-free
(both of which are far more important than warm), to have plenty of thawed
drinking water and
food, and to enjoy light
in the coop during part of the night to ensure regular egg
harvests. Do all of that and your hens will ignore the fact they
originated in the tropics and carry through quite well down to 0
degrees and lower.
Now, if I could just train myself not to worry when the mercury
plummets, then we'd be all set....