In today’s video, I will teach you the things you need to do to winterize your coop and keep your flock of chickens warm and super cozy all winter long. Being self-sufficient on the farm or homestead is one thing that makes us homesteaders.
Living off the land, foraging, husbandry, cutting our own wood for heat and cooking, gardening, canning, keeping bees, preserving, and all the other fun things is what us homesteaders get to do.
Keep Your Chickens Warm This Winter
Let me teach you a few simple and easy tips and tricks I use to help my chickens stay warm and toasty all throughout the colder months.
In the video we discuss:
- Eliminate Drafts
- Using A Tarp To Close Off Large Areas
- Deep Litter Method
- Remove Water To Prevent Frostbite
We live in Illinois and are surrounded by nothing but our 40 acres of farm and woods. Winds and snow can be brutal.
The first thing I always do when the colder winds and temps start hitting our homestead is to work on eliminating the drafts. Check for any cracks or places where wind or snow can sneak into your coop and lower the temperature.
While checking for places that cause drafts also use that time to make note of repairs that need to be done. Now is the time to get all repairs completed so your flock can stay warm, dry, and safe all throughout the cold months.
Use a tarp to close off larger areas of your coop that would allow rain, snow, and winds into the area. Be sure to still provide proper ventilation.
I use the deep litter method for my chickens each winter. An easy and cost-effective way to heat the coop all winter without using any electricity.
I highly recommend everyone doing this if you live in colder climates. I go in-depth on how to do the deep litter method and why it works in an earlier video. I will be sure to provide you with a link to that video in this one.
What we’re trying to do is to keep moisture from getting into your coop. If your coop has a waterer hanging in it during the warmer months now is a good time to think about moving it outside.
Any Type Of Moisture In The Coop
- 1) Can cause your chickens to get frostbite.
- 2) If you’re using the deep litter method can help contribute to ammonia buildup which means you have to clean and disinfect your entire coop in the middle of winter and that is not fun.
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- Pine Shavings
- Yard Rake
- Hanging Waterer
- Chicken Wire
- Diatomaceous Earth
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