Lesson 1201 – Necessary Winter Equipment for Backyard Chickens

Minus 10 this morning. More snow is predicted for later tonight and tomorrow with a total of about 4 additional inches expected to fall. Yesterday I picked up two blocks of suet (with berries and nuts) for the flock, if ever there was a time for an energy/calorie boost, I’d say it’s now.

I’ve spoken many times about cold weather care for a backyard flock. The birds need protection from the wind, bars on which to roost, thawed water, and a bit of extra fat calories. After years of writing about this, it comes to mind that I’ve forgotten to mention a very important piece of equipment essential for winter backyard chicken care.

Here is the path to the coop during the last snow storm.

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And here is the path yesterday, after the snows stopped.

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May I respectfully suggest if you are going to keep chickens during the winter, that you also consider keeping a strong, young son handy (and who is willing to work for dinners) to do all the shoveling.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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One response to “Lesson 1201 – Necessary Winter Equipment for Backyard Chickens

  1. No sons around here but I’ve got a middle-school daughter who hauls stuff around for me, thank goodness! Stay warm & get ready for the next ’round of snow!🙂 PS, I just read your informative article in Backyard Poultry this month. Hello from a fellow BYP writer!

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