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Since December is approaching, and that pretty much means most of us will be getting blasted with winter weather, you may be wondering how to care for your chickens when it gets cold outside. Chickens are pretty hearty birds and can withstand cooler temperatures if you provide them with enough to do and a strong place to say warmer and out of the wind. Here are some tips on How to Care for Chickens in the Winter.
How to Care for Chickens in the Winter
A heater is not necessary. You may think that your chickens will need one, but really, chickens are outdoor animals and fare much better than you might think in the cold temperatures. Running a heater is a fire risk and the bills for doing so can be outrageous.
Make sure to provide fresh water. Chickens, like most birds, need a lot of water to survive and produce eggs. Since water freezing in the winter can be an issue, I suggest getting a heated bowl (the kind used for outdoor dogs) and keeping an eye on the water level. This is a low cost way to make sure your chickens always have water available no matter what the temperature drops to outside. Also, do not allow your water to be left in the coop as it can be a moisture problem.