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6 Tips for Keeping Chickens Warm in the Winter

Tips for Keeping Winter Chickens By: Kel Amstutz

It's Winter....said the Chickens!

Winter finally started knocking on our Ohio town...and we managed to procrastinate on the whole winter chicken PREP. 

Winter care for chickens can be confusing to beginners andestablished chicken keepers alike. There are many different schools of thought on heat vs. no heat in the coop. We are on the fence but leaning toward the no heat camp, even though temperatures can drop to below zero here (sometimes!).

If you would like to know how weplan on keeping our flock warm, this winter, withoutheat... well read on my friend! 

Let's talk about chicken coops and heat. 

Do you need to heat your chicken coop? 

Well there is a short answer and a long answer.
The short answer is NO.   The long answer has to do with the fact that chickens can and will live very comfortably in temps that drop below zero- and this includes without supplemental heat sources.
Chickens are not people. I know that you are thinking...DUH Kel, but sometimes this can lead to oversight.  People, you and me, we can NOT s…

Surviving Winter with CHICKENS...

This will be our first winterwith chickens and although it is kind of scary to think about. 
There are really only two things that are pretty critical to keeping our ladies alive and well during the cold, Ohio winter that is up and coming and that is: 

making sure they have access to water (and not a frozen block of ice) and a dry coop. 

We have been planning ahead to ensure that our six chicks survive and maybe even keep laying! 

Water is a very important factor with chickens, as it is an essential nutrient and a requirement to regulate a chickens body temperature, help with digestion, growth and yes, even producing those eggs. Lack of water access, even for a few hours can result in a major egg production drop for weeks. 

It is also important to note that chickens EAT MORE in the winter to help regulate their temperature and due to this they require more water to digest- if the water is frozen- your chickens will stop eating and will not be able to keep themselves warm. 

3 frozen water So…