How to Keep Your Chickens Warm During the Winter: Guest Post!
My lovely friend Jill over at The Prairie Homestead graciously condescended to allow li’l ole moi to write a guest post for her again.
One thing about Jill: She is so nice. I honestly wish that she lived next door, I really do, but I guess I’ll just have to settle for our living in next-door states. And being able to communicate with a “plink” and a “click” and a “send.”
It’s a pretty remarkable world, isn’t it? In so many ways.
We’ve been busy battening down the hatches and piling up a supply of firewood, and doing all the things that we won’t be able to do in the very near future, once snow has blanketed the ground and/or ice has glazed over every surface. Yikes! It’s coming, but I’m not ready. I’ve still got to unpack winter things, clean out some closets (I always have got to dig in and do some house-cleaning and de-cluttering in order to enjoy being inside again) and some other things.
But at least I’ve made sure that my chickens are ready for winter. First things first, don’tcha know?
Since preparing the chicken flock for winter involves being outside (and you know my feelings about being outside) it’s no chore at all to accomplish. Here in Nebraska, it gets quite cold and we have frequent storms with ice, snow, and bitterly cold winds. We live in a big old house which doesn’t stay very warm, except in the room with the wood stove, which is where we spend most of our time. Some days–no exaggeration–I must drink 20 cups of steaming hot tea, just to warm my chilled body up.
But hot bevvies are not something that my chickens are privy to, to increase their level of comfort during our brutal winters.
There are a few simple tasks, however, that I do every year that make a huge difference to my chickens. Most of them are very simple, like checking the coop over carefully to make sure it’s weather tight (more or less: some airflow is okay, and healthy for your flock). Others take a bit more time and effort, but believe me, they are so worth doing. Especially to your chickens, of course, but to you, too.
It’s so difficult to enjoy that comforting cuppa hot bevvie, nestled by the fire as you are, if you know the chickens are shivering in their coop, ice on their combs. Isn’t it?
Enough intro, Amy. Click here to get to Jill’s website to read about winter chicken care.
You’ve probably heard of Jill already: she has been featured on Farm & Ranch Living, the Heirloom Gardener, The Huffington Post, and others. She is dedicated to educating and enlightening sustainable-living natural-type-folks, so do a little clicking around on her site while you’re there. You’ll learn something!
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Thank you, Gentle Readers, for stopping by today!
And don’t forget to check out my post over at The Prairie Homestead!
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Fabulous, i’m popping over to the other blog now… loving the gratuitous chicken pictures tho….
Anita-Clare, I had to try several times to get those photos!
Not since I left Albemarle County have I visited a chicken coop. (Or, a turkey farm, either.)
Hopefully, the ammonia smell won’t do you in over the winter. But, since it’s cool, that does cut down the aromatics…
My chicken coop is nicely piled with dry leaves, hay, and straw, so it doesn’t have a bad smell at all, honestly. It’s all in the management, you know . . . no ammonia smell in my coop!
Now maybe this afternoon I can do some hopping around and find out the seven things you do to prepare your chickens for winter. Mine is mostly, make room in the freezer. Right now I need to prepare my writers studio for another coat of paint.
Good for you, Chef! I hope to read great things that come out of that studio!
Hi Amy, great post as always! My come and pinch some o that wood – thought I had a big pile 🙂
Cher, and we still have one more pile of logs to cut and split, if this weekend is nice, that’s what we’ll be doing!
Gosh sorry about the spelling, its that time of night for me …ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz…..
It is indeed a wonderful world we live in. Technology allows what our forefathers would have called miracles. I co-wrote a series of four novels with a penfriend in Germany. We’ve never even met. There’s a miracle of connection.
That is very cool, Francene!
That is one heck of a woodpile, I have to say!
It is lovely, Sophie, isn’t it?
Oh my goodness I want chickens more than ever. Love those guys!! (or girls – lol). I will vicariously live through you, as usual 🙂
Thanks Sara! I hope you get to have some chickens some time soon!