Chapter Two: How To Keep Chickens Laying Eggs During Winter

Chapter Two How To Keep Chickens Laying Eggs During Winter

One of the biggest problems backyard chicken owners face during the winter months is keeping their egg supply going. If you’ve kept chickens during the winter months before, you will know that, unfortunately, if you let nature take its course, your hens will stop laying completely during this period. I’ve raised chickens for over 7 […]

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Caring For Ducklings In The Winter

Duckling winter care involves diligent, but not complicated or overly time consuming husbandry techniques. The cute little fuzzy ducklings that you hatched or bought will be totally dependent upon your care in order to survive their first few days to weeks of life.  While ducks are incredibly more winter cold hardy than chickens, who can […]

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Pekin Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Pekin Duck Breed- Everything You Need To Know

Pekin ducks are among the most popular breeds kept in the United States, both in backyards and on homesteads across the country. Pekin ducks are a multi-purpose breed, meaning they have traditionally been raised for egg and meat production. The docile and sometimes affectionate nature of Pekin ducks has also earned them intense popularity to […]

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Caring For Ducks During Winter

ducks in water

Caring for ducks in the winter involves a small but vital amount of preparation to keep the flock members healthy. Fortunately for avid duck keepers, these birds are typically a lot more cold weather hardy than chickens and far less susceptible to both respiratory problems and frostbite. The thick layer of body fat combined with […]

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Chapter Four: Providing Your Chickens With Water During Winter

Chapter Four Providing Your Chickens With Water During Winter

During the winter periods your hens don’t need as much water as they do in the summer; however it’s still vitally important that they get an adequate supply. On average their water intake will decrease by around 3 times during winter when compared to summertime. Depending on where you live, wintertime for your chickens can […]

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10 Mistakes Made In Winter With Your Chickens

10 mistakes made in winter with your chickens

It is very important for chicken owners to know how to care for their flock when the weather outside gets colder. Some places might not get snow, but others get several feet of snow, and either way preparing for winter is a wise thing for everyone to do. I will share ten different mistakes chicken […]

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Best Time of Year to Raise Chicks: Spring or Winter?

Best Time of Year to Raise Chicks Spring or Winter Blog Cover

Beginner chicken keepers often ask this question, probably because spring is the most active and usual time for rearing and raising chicks. However, there really is no good reason why you can’t raise chicks year round – after all, many hatcheries have chicks available year round. As long as you have everything you need for […]

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How To Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter

How To Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter Blog Cover

When Fall arrives, molting is not far behind. In fact, broody hens have probably already molted. Those that have finished molting are now sporting bright, tight new feathers, red combs and wattles, but… no eggs. The amount of eggs that chickens lay is hugely affected by the season and the amount of daylight hours. In […]

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Should I Light The Coop Over Winter?

This question, along with heating the coop is persistent. Each winter I always receive emails about this. So this year I’ve put down some thoughts, reasons for and against lighting and related tidbits. The discussion between the yeas and the nays on this subject can get quite heated at times, so remember, the choice is […]

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