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.


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


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.


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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