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Even the urban homesteader has the option of keeping a few birds these days. It’s not just about gardening anymore. People all over the nation are keeping things like ducks, rabbits, and chickens right in the city limits of some localities.
If you feel like you want to do this sort of thing yourself, check the zoning laws in your area. You might be able to already. If not, it may be time to start building a group to approach city council. You will be amazed at what they will do if you have numbers and stay on them.
For those who keep these animals, there are a whole new set of challenges that come with the cold weather. As the seasons turn you might notice your animals picking up things like colds and even a cough or a sneeze. There a lot of diseases that come around during winter and knowing how to treat them is a crucial part of keeping animals
Aside from the disease come things like sporadic laying for chickens and the struggle to keep them warm. Some of the best advice is to keep a heating lamp in the coop during the winter. It will do double duty by keeping your birds warm and it will give them more light. The shorter days affect their laying more than most things in the winter.
Keeping livestock in the winter can be tough. Still, its just a few months for most people and then its back to spring and your ducks, goats, or chickens get to stretch out their legs and get back to life. The benefits of milk, meat, and eggs far outweigh the trouble that comes with keeping livestock in the winter.
If you plan properly and put the right time and effort into keeping them comfortable you will have very few issues through the winter.