If you got chicks this spring, you probably asked the question, “How do I take care of the hens over the winter?” Bringing them into the house is not a great idea, and unlike dogs, chickens generally aren’t given to wearing sweaters and booties. Nor are they given to fluid replacement.
Here are some tips for helping your chickens ride out the winter!
- Move your coop to an area out of the wind.
- Provide lots of bedding or straw. Bedding should be dry and fluffy so that it traps the heat.
- A heat lamp is optional. Beware of fire hazards, especially with the dry bedding, and use a red, rather than white, bulb. White light can throw off the laying cycle.
- Make sure they have fresh, unfrozen water and give them more food – their bodies need it to stay warm.
- Use Vaseline on combs and wattles to keep them from freezing.
- Provide wide roosts that allow the down feathers on their bellies to cover their feet.
- If your hens run in the snow, watch feet for signs of frostbite – they will look swollen and puffy. They might become infected, and the chicken could lose toes or the whole foot.
- Provide extra protein for the birds during the winter months. A handful of dry cat (not dog) food will give an extra protein boost.
Contact Home to Roost if you’d like an in-home winterizing consultation!
Join Chicago’s Angelic Organics Learning Center’s Backyard Chicken Basic Workshop on 11/6/2010. Go to the website to register: http://www.learngrowconnect.org/node/2769
There are 35 slots, but they generally sell out quickly. Home to Roost will be presenting the workshop.
This is a great opportunity to connect with other chicken people!
Basic Backyard Chicken Care
November 6, 2010 1:00pm
Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard?
Please join us for a workshop on best practices for Basic Backyard Chicken Care in Chicago and surrounding communities.
Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is LEGAL in Chicago – and part of our growing local food and urban agriculture scene.
Learn how to keep you, your chickens, & your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations.
You will leave the workshop with the knowledge, recommendations, and resources you need for your own home flock – and you’ll make connections with other chicken enthusiasts in Chicago. (Visit our Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts google group for more info.)
For more information about the Learning Center’s registration & refund policies – click here. If the workshop fee presents a barrier to your participation, please inquire about limited work-exchange scholarships. For Chicago workshops, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actual costs of workshops are close to double our workshop fees. If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help cover the full cost of your workshop.
Angelic Organics Learning Center’s Chicago Office
6400 S Kimbark Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637 US
First Presbyterian Church of Chicago
A event at LaSalle Street Church downtown a few weeks ago landed an interview at Lavazza over gelato for the chicken purse and me!
Home to Roost’s AOL interview