Chapter One: Preparing Your Coop For Winter

Chapter One Preparing Your Coop For Winter

In the first chapter of our definitive winter guide, we are going to look at how to prepare your coop so it’s ready for winter.

Mother Nature built the chicken to withstand some fairly extreme environments. The layers of downy feathers under the visible plumage can be puffed up to catch air against the body, providing extra warmth in cold climates. This gives them insulation against cold air.

However during the darkest days in… [Read More]

Preparing For The Arrival Of Your New Chicks

Preparing For The Arrival Of Your Baby Chicks

You have chosen your breeds, placed your order and are waiting for the arrival of your new chickens.

Now what?

Well, instead of sitting and waiting, you should make sure you have everything you need and that it works well in advance of the arrival of your chicks!

There are a few things specific to new chicks that you will need to have in place, tested and ready to go. We are going… [Read More]

Chapter Five: Chickens Molting During Winter

Chapter Five All You Need To Know About Chickens Molting

In the fifth chapter of The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter, we look at molting.

So, you opened up the hen house in the morning and thought it was a crime scene from CSI. Feathers strewn around the floor in heaps…you think the worst!

A predator killed the girls, but no, they are all calmly perched on their roosts chirping away to themselves. What happened??

The molt has started.

What is the… [Read More]

Results: The Annual Backyard Chicken Blog Awards 2015

Results- Annual Backyard Chicken Blog Awards of 2015

As many of you who read this blog will know, two weeks ago we started The Annual Backyard Chicken Blog Awards of 2015.

You have been voting in your thousands and last Monday (6th July) the voting lines were closed.

Before we get to the results I want to thank everybody who turned up and voted for their favourite backyard chicken blog.

Now let’s take a look at the results and announce the winners.

#1:… [Read More]