Saturday, November 2, 2013

Prepare your poultry for the cold months ahead

Make sure your nesting boxes offer adequate ventilation for your birds
Prepare your poultry for
the cold months ahead
We just missed our first snow of the season last week (the nearest flakes landed just a few miles to the north), but we're already feeling the chill. And it's not just us. Premier employees' cattle and horses are growing thick coats of insulating hair and our sheep have deemed it necessary to put some extra energy into wool production. 

But what about our chickens? Some birds have been bred exclusively for cold climates (such as the Chantecler) and others grow their own boots (Cochins) or beards (Russian Orloffs). However, a few breeds of birds are at risk for frostbite, especially those with large combs and wattles (Minorcas)

To reduce frostbite, make sure that the coop is well ventilated. This allows for large amounts of FRESH air to come in and moisture to escape. 
ChickBox™ assembly video
The articles below give details for keeping a flock through the winter as well as some of the more common poultry diseases that crop up in close quarters. 

Want to learn more about our ChickBoxes™? See ourChickBox™ assembly video on YouTube.