It is important to keep your chickens warm and safe during the cold winter months. Here is how you can help to keep them as comfortable as possible.
- Carry out an inspection of their coop prior to cold weather to ensure it is safe against strong winter winds and damp proof
- Ensure bedding is topped up daily as a thick layer to keep the warmth in
- Ventilation is very important within coops, although it is wise to top them up with bedding, ventilation holes should not be covered
- Keep water containers in their run to avoid spills in the coop that could freeze over
- Consider putting up Perspex/clear plastic sheeting on the run for shelter, ensure there is still good ventilation
- Avoid using heat lamps or chicken jumpers
- During freezing weather, you can use pet safe snuggle pads to keep them warm
- Run areas are prone to thick mud in the winter, consider moving them onto concrete or regularly layering the floor with clean dry straw or other substrates
Chickens do not like quick changes in temperature it confuses their internal thermometer, don’t bring them in at night and put them out again during the day. Only bring them inside if they look poorly and need to see a vet.