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7 Important Steps To Prepare Your Chickens For Fall And Winter
The cold, dark months of winter can be life-threatening to backyard chickens, but they don’t have to be. Chickens are actually very hardy birds, able to withstand surprisingly cold temperatures as long as they have ample food, water, and a solid structure for shelter.
For thousands of years, people have kept these birds in high mountain villages and the frigid countryside of Scandinavia. This means that the chances of your birds surviving their first winter, especially for the winter-hardy breeds, is quite high.
If you don’t keep them warm enough and well-fed, however, there’s a good chance that their egg production will drop off or stop altogether.
By taking steps to winterize your coop and your birds before winter sets in, you can easily keep your chickens happy, healthy, and laying. read the full article below: