Coops

The Dangers of Heat Lamps
January 21, 2021 · · Coops

Every winter, chicken owners trying to do their best end up losing their coop and flock to a fire. These devastating stories serve as a warning against heat lamps, yet people still use them.

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Rodents That Can Be a Problem for Backyard Chickens
December 15, 2020 · · Coops

There are a number of rodents that chicken owners could easily overlook — until they break in and start wreaking havoc among the hens. Fortunately, most of these problematic rodents can be kept out of the coop with a little ingenuity and careful planning.

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How Snow in Chicken Pens and Runs Affects Your Flock
December 15, 2020 · · Coops

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.

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A Few Dos And Don’ts When Winter Sets
December 14, 2020 · · Coops

Before I go too far, let’s take a look at how nature has prepared our feathered friends to survive and basic poultry behavior.
Feathers are designed to resist wind, sun, and precipitation.

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Heated Chicken Waterers: What’s Right for Your Flock
December 8, 2020 · · Coops

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.

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Chicken Predators and Winter: Tips to Keep Your Flock Safe
December 7, 2020 · · Coops

Chicken predators are always a concern for small flock owners, but the risk of attack may actually be worse in winter months. Winter is the season of privation for all creatures, but extreme weather can change it from a time of scarcity to a season of starving. 

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How Cold is Too Cold for Chickens in Winter? — Chickens in a Minute Video
November 19, 2020 · · Coops

It’s a common question that even long-time chicken keepers ask. How cold is too cold for chickens in winter?

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Six Winter Keeping Tips for Backyard Chickens
November 18, 2020 · · Coops

Many people ask: Do chickens need heat in winter? The answer is backyard chickens are far more cold-hardy than you may imagine. 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.

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The Pros & Cons of Coop Heating: Do Chickens Need Heat in Winter?
November 16, 2020 · · Coops

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.

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What Does a Chicken Coop Need for Winter?
November 10, 2020 · · Coops

With winter setting in, you’re probably wondering what does a chicken coop need for winter. To keep your backyard chickens safe and comfortable this winter, make sure the coops are secure, parasite free and any structural damages repaired. 

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