The winter season can be a very difficult season for chicken owners. You may be asking yourself whether your precious chicken will survive the winter cold. Don't worry any longer; the following tips are helpful for you and your chickens' survival.
1. To Warm Your Chicken, Use the Deep Litter Method.
The deep litter technique allows the chickens' bedding material and poop to accumulate in the coop over other hot seasons. This method ensures that you have a foot of composting manure on the surface of the chicken coop, giving off heat and warming the coop naturally.
2. Feed Your Chicken With Corn and Fresh Water Every Evening To Keep Them Warm at Night.
Corn is chicken's favorite meal. Keep the bellies of your chicken with bowls of cracked corn every evening. By doing so, you keep them busy overnight with something to digest, keeping them warmer.
3. Roosts Are Essential In The Winter Season.
Roosts allow your chickens to fluff themselves; it keeps them warm.
Make sure that you raise the roosts at least 2 to 3 feet above the earth's surface to keep your chicken off the icy and cold ground.
4. Select The Right Breeds For Winter.
The most favorable decision you can take to ensure your chickens are safe through the winter is to get the right cold hardy chicken breeds. Such breeds are adapted to cold seasons; they have very reduced wattles and combs, making them non-susceptible to frostbite. Some of these breeds include:
5. Insulate The Coop.
Another great way to protect your chicken from winter is by winterizing the coop. This is easily done by insulating the coop. If it's possible, you can use fiberglass insulation around the walls of the chicken coop, then cover them up with plywood.
I hope that the above tips have cleared your worries and answered your troubling questions on how to keep your chickens warm during the winter.
And don’t forget to feed your chickens PopWorms! to treat them in the winter months!