Oct 15, 2014

10 Winter Chicken Care Mistakes to Avoid

Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter. Not all of them are common sense or intuitive, so let’s take a look at a list of things to avoid when keeping chickens in winter. Much more information on these topics can be found by clicking on the hyperlinks included throughout this article.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
1. DON'T confuse your comfort level with a chicken's comfort level. Chickens are anatomically very different from people and have unique attributes that allow them to regulate their body temperatures. A properly winterized chicken coop allows them to keep themselves warm- learn how to winterize your chicken coop here.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
2. DON’T deprive them of drinking water during the day by allowing water to freeze. Water is the essential nutrient in a chicken's daily diet; it is required for regulating body temperature, digestion, growth and egg production. Frozen water is water deprivation. For an inexpensive DIY solution to frozen water, click here.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
3. DON’T keep waterers inside the coop if at all possible. Moisture is the winter enemy inside the chicken coop. Much more on that topic here.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
4. DON’T use heat lamps inside the coop. There is no way to use a heat lamp safely inside a chicken coop. Any chicken can fly into a heat lamp, catch its feathers on fire and incinerate the entire flock and coop. If absolutely necessary to add a few degrees to the inside of the chicken coop in the winter, utilize a safe heat source such as a flat panel radiant heater that brings the temperatures up just a few degrees. There should not be a drastic difference between outside temperatures and temperatures inside the coop.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
5. DON'T use any heat source that relies upon electricity unless you have a generator to power it should there be a power outage. Chickens can and do die from sudden, extreme drops in temperature.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
6. DON’T use the Deep Litter Method unless you have a clear understanding of what must be done to manage it properly. Deep litter is not a hands-off litter management system. It must be carefully monitored or it can create an unhealthy environment for the flock and the chicken keeper. Never start the deep litter system during winter. Never use diatomaceous earth in, on, around or with the deep litter method. Read why here.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
7. DON’T allow drafts to blow on roosting chickens. Drafts deprive chickens of the heat they have generated to keep themselves warm.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
8. DON’T seal up the chicken coop and make it air-tight in the winter. While drafts are bad, lots of ventilation for constant air exchange is absolutely necessary to a healthy winter coop environment. Moisture must be removed from the coop even if it means losing some heat. Yes, it is possible to have great ventilation, no drafts and a comfortable environment for the flock!
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
9. DON’T use bales of straw or hay inside the chicken coop for insulation or as litter. Regular straw can harbor parasites such as mites, and neither is absorbent. Mold and fungus can grow rapidly inside the bales and inside straw's core, which can compromise the flock’s health and your health. Farmer's lung is a disease caused by inhaling mold spores from straw or hay that has gotten wet, heated up and dried- precisely the conditions that often occur inside a chicken coop in the winter. Further reading on farmer's lung and straw bale hazards here and here
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
10. DON’T believe that you have to “fatten up” your flock for winter. Our pet chickens are sufficiently spoiled with treats year round and many are already fatter than they should be going into winter. Suet or grease blocks should not be given to pet chickens. Regularly plying them with high fat or high energy treats such as suet blocks and cracked corn does them no favors. Based upon my research, which was aided by laying hen veterinarian Dr. Mike Petrik, DVM, MSc, it is clear that pet chickens are dying at alarming rates from obesity-related complications. A little bit of scratch just prior to dusk is fine, more than that is unnecessary and hazardous to their health.  Reserve the suet blocks for the wild birds who need it and save the pet chicken!
For an in-depth discussion of winter chicken care, please visit my blog, here.
Chickens fare much better in cold temperatures than in hot weather due to their unique physiology and ability to regulate their body temperatures, but they still need our help to create the ideal environment in which to survive winter.
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

1,147 comments :

  1. Roxanne Malloy10/15/14, 6:09 PM

    Thanks got the winter hints. Can't believe it's time to start thinking about snow....

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  2. Good timing- weather's begun to change out here in the PNW to the cool wet grey we expect. Battening down the hatches. And YES . PLEASE to RX goodies!

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  3. Thanks for the hints!

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  4. Tammy George10/15/14, 6:18 PM

    Thanks for the hints. I'm already subscribed. Love it!

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  5. Would love that henbag!

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  6. David Chamberlain10/15/14, 6:23 PM

    Thanks for this post. This is our first year keeping chickens so it's good to have an understanding of what to expect.

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  7. Cecilia Martinez Lizarraga10/15/14, 6:24 PM

    Thanks to you I have started doing what you suggested. I live in the desert so it doesn't get that cold. No more heat lamps, tarps to keep the draft out. Also I have been giving them scratch as an late afternoon snack. I have not lost a hen since I started doing what you suggested. Thank you very much....

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  8. Appreciate your tips!

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  9. Kenna Rogers10/15/14, 6:24 PM

    Thanks for the reminders! I love this hen bag!

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  10. What a great giveaway. Thank you for the great info for winter. It is always good to start thinking about the cold.

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  11. Michelle Karling10/15/14, 6:25 PM

    It's always surprising to me how well all ours do every winter. I'm cold just looking out the window at them and they really don't seem to care to much.
    Ps. Those Hen bags look awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Interesting, I'll check out the DIY water heater! Thanks.

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  13. Do you still get eggs without heating? How cold is it there? We have had -50 celsius here in Canada

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  14. I've already cleaned both of my coops and wrapped the smaller run in plastic sheeting for adequate dust bathing in the winter. :) Still more to do, but I'm glad I have those items checked off my list. I made a cookie tin water heater last year thanks to your post. Think I will make another one this year too.

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  15. Love your posts... I live in Texas so we don't have a lot of freezing weather but it can get cold.

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  16. Great tips! I had some questions about winterizing that have now been answered. Thanks!

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  17. Appreciate the info on winter care. I'm glad u posted this because I was apparently taught wrong while growing up. Thanks.

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  18. This is my first winter with chickens... So I am very thankful for this well timed article!

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  19. Diana O'Brien10/15/14, 6:34 PM

    This comes at the perfect time, thank you! A neighbor is remodeling and gave me her old sliding glass door, I am so excited to use this on the outside of my coop to winterize! So much better than using the staple gun to put up plastic (and repair every 3-4 weeks). I swear the flapping noise of plastic in the wind made EVERYONE feel cooped in last winter.

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  20. Donna Endicott Linnane10/15/14, 6:37 PM

    Thanks!

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  21. Bobby McGovern10/15/14, 6:38 PM

    This will be my first winter with chickens. The winters here are pretty mild though with only a few sub-freezing nighttime temps.

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  22. Old biddy 5010/15/14, 6:40 PM

    You have given me much to think about, mainly the mistakes I made last year that I shouldn't repeat this year. I'd say we dodged a bullet winter 2013. Thank you

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  23. Great article, great info, but oh, Henbag, how I want you!

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  24. I really appreciate your winter care lesson. Would love to win the henbag!!

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  25. Thank you for all the great information!! It's been invaluable to a first time chicken owner!! Oh, and I would LOVE a Henbag!!!

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  26. Thank you for the articles on winter care, we live in a cold climate that can get down to 35 below. I plan on getting chicks in the spring.

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  27. Great refresher for winter! Thanks!

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  28. It's never a waste of time to review chicken needs for the winter!

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  29. Tamara Clohessy10/15/14, 6:54 PM

    Love the hen bag!

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  30. Ginny Tata-Phillips10/15/14, 6:58 PM

    My first winter with chickens too - thanks for the advice and we would love to win this contest as well!!!

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  31. I always appreciate tips for winterizing my peeps. We don't get a ton of snow in winter...but we ice up a lot.

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  32. Colleen Rhodes-Golub10/15/14, 7:00 PM

    Thank you for another wonderful and timely article!

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  33. Great information. Last year was very cold in my area. The fact that my chickens made it through that gives me the confidence that I'm doing something right. Great giveaways as always.

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  34. Russell O'Donnell10/15/14, 7:07 PM

    It would be a great gift for my wife

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  35. April Poulter10/15/14, 7:14 PM

    I agree with every item on this list ! We get to -50 sometimes here in Wisconsin, if your coop is draft free and you have good bedding, the birds handle it just fine.

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  36. Another awesome giveaway - thanks Kathy!

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  37. kimnje@embarqmail.com10/15/14, 7:19 PM

    Thanks for the reminder about winter health. Time to get busy implementing these tips!

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  38. Thank you! Great advice :)

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  39. Love, love the hen bag!!! Much easier than carrying a chicken around all day to look good!

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  40. Sheree Munoz10/15/14, 7:29 PM

    Cutest bag ever!

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  41. Trisha Woods10/15/14, 7:29 PM

    Great article and I LOVEEEE that henbag!!! please pick me!

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  42. Great information for winter prep. Would love to win the giveaway.

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  43. Create article to help us get ready for our first winter with chickens. They say we are in for another good one!

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  44. That hen bag needs a night out on the town with me!

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  45. There is a great article about using sand as litter that should be linked here to. I am about to be a first time chicken keeper and the info I get from the chicken chick is fabulous.

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  46. Cher Shipman10/15/14, 7:45 PM

    Thank you for this article. It makes me realize I've been lucky, because I've been doing some things wrong here (like storing hay bales inside the coop). And your cookie tin water deicer is perfect! I'm making one this weekend! Question: is it ok to put a little Vaseline on their combs to prevent frostbite?

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  47. ENJOY YOUR BLOG AND ALL THE INFORMATION!!!

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  48. I love your blog and I always learn something new to keep my chickens happy and healthy....thanks

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  49. Barbara Bogan Bealer10/15/14, 7:59 PM

    Really good advise, in this article...thank you.

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  50. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction10/15/14, 8:02 PM

    Great information. We put an oil filled heater in the hen house and keep it on low. The chickens seem to like it.
    Annamaria

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  51. Thanks for the advice, will have heat lamp removed asap!

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  52. Great info! I'm so glad I read this. We were considering hay bale insulation :/

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  53. I would love to win!!!! Veteran is the best. Appreciate all the helpful advice. avid follower

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  54. Deborah Tabor10/15/14, 8:08 PM

    Heard it's supposed to be a bad winter. Thanks for your tips, always appreciated!

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  55. about to enter my first winter as a chicken owner in new england and this makes me less worried. I was planning on setting the ladies up in the basement.

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  56. I'm in drought-stricken Southern California, but it does get cold now and then, so this is good advice in any case. Especially about ventilation and litter.

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  57. no heaters more important to stop drafts for sure always a good read thanks!

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  58. Kristen Shave10/15/14, 8:15 PM

    Thanks for all the great tips, Kathy!

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  59. Ellen Riddle Marique10/15/14, 8:18 PM

    Great tips . as usual. Will keep all these in mind as I ready the coop and run for winter. Thanks! and another great giveaway!

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  60. Good tips. Would love to win.

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  61. Love the hen bag :)

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  62. Ooo love the Henbag :)

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  63. Stephenie Hawn10/15/14, 8:30 PM

    Everyone should stock up on med supplies for their chicks, as sooner or later you know you will need them, thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. I would like this

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  65. leslie postin10/15/14, 8:41 PM

    Thank you so very much for sharing these tips! Will share widely! xxx

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  66. Nana Rominger10/15/14, 8:43 PM

    Just love the henbags. We use the Vetericyn often on the old hens legs.

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  67. Thanks for the winter reminders. I always seem to want to do more than needed for my birds.

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  68. Tami Furlow Warrick10/15/14, 8:52 PM

    My chickens prefer winter but we live in the south.

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  69. Jeanne Lorenz10/15/14, 9:07 PM

    Good information! I use a heated dog bowl for my water and it worked really well last year, even when it was 27 degrees below zero! Always good to have a reminder to take good care of our girls!

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  70. Donna Barefield10/15/14, 9:15 PM

    Need the Vetricin. Would love the chicken bag so much.

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  71. Some really great info! Thanks!!!

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  72. Thank you so much for the winter tips they will help so much.

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  73. As first time chicken parents, we sure appreciate all of the information we get from your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  74. Linda Taylor10/15/14, 9:29 PM

    Thank you for all the great info you provide!

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  75. Eric Gauthier10/15/14, 9:35 PM

    This would be Great to have

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  76. Great winter advise and an adorable hen bag :-) Thanks so much for all of the time you put into sharing you knowledge and experience.

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  77. I would love to win that hen bag! Great article too (as usual!).

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  78. Becky Laakso10/15/14, 9:42 PM

    Thanks for the timely tips. This is my first winter with chickens here in snowy NW PA. I'm hoping to only use the cookie tin heater for their water, w/ no heat in their small coop. Hopefully, with their being only the two of them, this will be ok. I am insulating with 1/2" styrofoam sides and bottom. If we end up with any sub zero degree nights though, they may end up in a dog crate in the garage (sshhh, don't tell my husband).

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  79. Shanna Sambola10/15/14, 9:44 PM

    Great article! I love your blog! The hen bag isn't too shabby either.

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  80. Tammie Weatherford10/15/14, 9:51 PM

    This would be great to have in the coop...and thanks for the tips and preparing for winter...I just thought I was ready for it...wrong!!!

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  81. Great information, thanks. We are now getting 14-15 eggs a day. The wait was worth it.

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  82. Jennifer Dilks10/15/14, 9:56 PM

    As I go into my first winter with chickens I'm nervous about winterization for my girls. Thank you for such an info-filled article to put my mind at ease!

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  83. Thank you for all the info, I'm hoping to start a flock in the spring, and LOVE your blog!!!

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  84. Andy Lanesey10/15/14, 10:14 PM

    More great advice. Thank you Chicken Chick.

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  85. Shannon Berrios10/15/14, 10:16 PM

    I rarely have to make any changes for my flock here in South Texas 😊

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  86. Susan Turner10/15/14, 10:27 PM

    Great information! Thanks!

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  87. Thank you for this winter information. I was getting ready to make a few mistakes as this is my first winter with backyard chickens.
    I would love to sport a hen bag!

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  88. This is a great blog! Thank you for all the important info....I was making a few mistakes...won't be making them now!!

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  89. Karen Colburn10/15/14, 10:39 PM

    thanks for the great tips!

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  90. Jai Purcell Benson10/15/14, 10:41 PM

    Great!

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  91. Stephanie Sams10/15/14, 11:03 PM

    great article

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  92. Thanks for these great tips.

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  93. I don't even want to think of winter. But thanks for the reminder of things to consider and plan for. I would love to have a " second home for the winter."

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  94. First winter in my new coop... We've been preparing for what the Farmers Almanac is calling a crazy cold winter... I can't imagine it colder than last winter!! Crazy for Texas... But thanks to you... I will be prepared. Last winter I am pretty sure I made myself a little crazy worrying about my peeps!

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  97. First winter with chickens is exciting and scary all at the same time

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  98. Jamie Carney10/15/14, 11:46 PM

    Love the helpful tips!!!! I want that henbag soooo bad!!!

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  99. Worried about winter. This article is helpful though.

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  100. Love these tips! My first winter with chickens.

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  101. I'm prepping the ladies' quarters for the cold weather ahead now. Thanks for the tips! The hen bag would be a fantastic lunch box for work :)

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  102. Oh my gosh that is brutal! I can't even imagine being human indoors in those temps. How do you do it? Stay warm!

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  103. Jennifer Leigh Dace10/16/14, 12:51 AM

    Thanks for the info. I was just getting ready to fix my girls up for the change of weather. This will help in my desicions. :-)

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  104. Kathryn Smith10/16/14, 1:11 AM

    I want a henbag so bad! Thanks for the entry! I love your blog!

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  105. Great information! Thanks so much! We can have some cold winters here in Arkansas but I'm sure it's not quite as cold as your New England winters.

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  106. Thanks for the reminder... I still have a few things left to do for my girls before winter hits!

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  107. Thanks for the reminder to get the chickens ready for winter. Love that bag :)

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  108. AmeraucanaMama10/16/14, 5:15 AM

    No water at all inside the coop? This is my first winter with chickens. Right now we have a big hanging bucket with poultry nipples but I guess I'll take it out and put a heated water source in the run for them.

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  109. Deborah Paterson10/16/14, 6:20 AM

    Thanks for the winter reminders :)

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  110. Been preparing the ard and coop all last weekend and will finish up this weekend. Thanks for all the info!

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  111. Thank you so much for the great info! I have a few things to change/get ready for during the winter! (Would also LOVE a henbag!)

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  112. Thank you! I love this henbag!

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  113. Leslie Krasko10/16/14, 7:33 AM

    Great article

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  114. Bok Bok BaGAWK!

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  115. Thanks for the very timely refresher!

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  116. Last winter was the worst. Used your water heater w great success! Bought a slab of foam at a big fabric store that made great "soft bricks" easy to squeeze into drafty spots here n there but still leave a bit of airspace. Pull out easily when no longer needed.

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  117. Getting colder here finally. Would love to win this cute bag. Thanks

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  118. Love that HenBag!

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  119. Thank you for taking the time to write such informative articles! And who wouldn't want that hen bag ;)

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  120. Matt Carroll10/16/14, 9:10 AM

    like the article---thanks for posting it

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  121. Great info! Love the bag !!!!!!!

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  122. good tips

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  123. Using this to improve my coop for this winter! I'm hoping we don't have to deal with - 30F below again this winter! I'd love the henbag too!

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  124. Getting colder here. Good timing for a refresher course. The hen bag is still very cute.

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  125. Kristin Faber10/16/14, 9:37 AM

    Thanks for all your suggestions. You have some great ideas to keep our chickens warm and safe over the winter months.

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  126. Quackydoodle10/16/14, 9:39 AM

    Thanks for the advice!

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  127. I learn more about chickens with every posting, Thank you!

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  128. This will be our first winter with chickens, I hope it goes well!

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  129. Thanks for all the winter tips! This is my first winter with my chickens.. I would love to have the hen bag for my first aid kit.
    Love your site very informative!

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  130. Melissa Farncomb10/16/14, 10:03 AM

    As always great tips!

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  131. Katherine Cushwa10/16/14, 10:15 AM

    Thank you for this post! I would love a hen bag

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  132. Laura Hughes10/16/14, 10:17 AM

    I want this so bad. I love all the blogs and find them very helpful.

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  133. Kate O'Bryan10/16/14, 10:21 AM

    If I take away only one thing from reading your blog - it's that amazing, cheap great waterer for winter! Wow! Gonna make my little chickies one this weekend! Thanks!

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  134. Grandma Sally10/16/14, 10:31 AM

    Absolutely love this bag! I am greatly amused by your picture posts on Facebook and often share them!

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  135. Great information as usual. This will be my first winter with my chickens and I'm so nervous!

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  136. Thank you again!!!

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  137. This article was very helpful as my husband and I are in the process of winterizing the coop for our girls. I love purses & bags & would love to add the Henbag to my collection. The VeterIcyn would help out, too!

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  138. Lots of info I didn't know. Thank you!

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  139. I ordered the flat panel heater and a temperature controller for Ginger's coop. I need to install it soon before the cold is here. I also need to figure out how to wrap the coop, but still get ventilation. I'll investigate more on this. Thanks so much for these tips. I'm sure Ginger will be a happy, healthy chicken this winter because of your guidance.

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  140. Kathy Rivers10/16/14, 12:22 PM

    I can't wait for lunch at work so I can see what is new on your website. My son is raising chickens and until he got them I had no idea how much fun and how affectionate they can be.

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  141. it gets so cold in R.I. but the girls just moved into their new home and im thinking if i ever do run away ill hide out in there with them... just needs some pretty pictures to look at and its HOME

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  142. Thank you for the helpful hints. Wish me and my girls luck as we face our first winter together.

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  143. Great information for my first winter. Also, I "NEED" that henbag! :)

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  144. Linda Lemiere-Zile10/16/14, 1:05 PM

    You share great information as always. Thanks!

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  145. Sandra Nichols10/16/14, 1:58 PM

    Great Article and wonderful tips...thankyou

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  146. Vikki Wright10/16/14, 2:15 PM

    Thanks so much for all you do. We do not have constant cold temperatures here in the DFW area of Texas. It can be 80 one day and drop to 30 that night. We don't have a lot of snow but High winds (sometimes 75+ straight line), freezing rain and ice are our main problems (in between balmy days!) I had left my coop drafty this summer because of our 100+ temperatures but after reading these tips I guess I had better get busy sealing it up!

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  147. Melissa Bishop10/16/14, 2:20 PM

    Great article! Thanks!

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  148. Great article and helpful tips

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  149. Wendy Karcher10/16/14, 3:11 PM

    Thank you Kathy!

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  150. Cindy Decker Gill10/16/14, 3:24 PM

    Great tips--thank you!!

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  151. Thank you for the information.

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  152. Liberty Gearheart10/16/14, 5:10 PM

    <3

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  153. Aww, the hen bag is t-o-o-o cute!

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  154. Woo Hoo! cute bag!

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  155. Karen Bartels10/16/14, 5:11 PM

    Thanks for the info and would love to win the henbag.

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  156. Still loving this bag!

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  157. Carol Volkmann10/16/14, 5:13 PM

    Love the handbag. Love your posts

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  158. This is nice!

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  159. dabercrombie10/16/14, 5:14 PM

    great information - I am just building out my extended run for the chickens and ducks to have a winter haven. Using sand in the bottom, plastic around the enclosed run. Love all your advice.

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  160. Glad you mentioned the straw/hay bale fungus issue. I was thinking of stacking them on the northern wall, now I will just wrap the run.

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  161. Amanda Tanner Stillwagon10/16/14, 5:15 PM

    How cute is that bag!

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  162. Planning for chickens next year and gaining all the info I can from you so I'll be ready!

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  163. Jerry Schaefer10/16/14, 5:16 PM

    My mother would love this bag, she collects purses and chickens....so I hope I win!!!!

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  164. Jennifer Day Garriga10/16/14, 5:16 PM

    Absolutely love the henbag! Would love to win ;)

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  165. Margo Seely Giunta10/16/14, 5:16 PM

    Lol, I love the name...Purscilla!

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  166. I love your "The Chicken Chick" facebook page! I share with friends! Love the Henbag!

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  167. Peyton Hicks10/16/14, 5:18 PM

    How adorable! Perfect to take to the farmer's market! My grandson would be too cute carrying this for me! Love it! Thanks!

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  168. Virginia Curtis10/16/14, 5:18 PM

    Great advice, as usual! I would love to win the bad and medicine! It's my birthday, too! Would make a great gift!

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  169. Jenn Werner-Williams10/16/14, 5:19 PM

    Great info!! We had a very bad winter (I know everyone else did too) up here in North Dakota. Hoping this one isn't as bad. Fall has been good and harvest is moving right along! We might not have to scramble for winterizing this year!!! Wooohooo!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  170. Great tips & handbag (:

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  171. I love your blog...its so informative :-)

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  172. Jeannie Regan10/16/14, 5:20 PM

    Love your site and adore the henbag!

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  173. This is our second winter with chickens. Thanks for the reminders!

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  174. Darlene Trosclair10/16/14, 5:21 PM

    I NeeeeeD that chicken purse! It is the cutest think I've ever seen! AND I I LOVE GAUDY!

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  175. Irene Surratt10/16/14, 5:22 PM

    Please!!!! I really HAVE to have that chicken BAG!!!!!

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  176. I absolutely LOVE this bag!! :) :)

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  177. Love your blog! And love the hen bag! I think that would be perfect to go with my name "chicken lady" at work lol!

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  178. Laura Jo Morgan10/16/14, 5:25 PM

    Would love this bag I love my chickens

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  179. Good to know! Love the hand bag!!!!

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  180. Too cute! Would love one or actually 2 for both of my chicken love'n daughters! Hahaha!

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  181. Great info like always! 😉 "Thank you"

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  182. That "henbag" is just about the cutest thing I have seen!

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  183. Thank you! Great info!

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  184. Love that bag!

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  185. I want one so I can be as cool as my friend who has one :)

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  186. Jane Harris Bennett10/16/14, 5:31 PM

    Thank you so much for the tips! This is my first winter.

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  187. crazy chicken gal10/16/14, 5:32 PM

    Well Im here in Az so we have to worry about the heat!:( but they love the winters here and so Do I!!! We kinda do things backwrds around here we lay the best in the winter and stop almost in the summer, This bag would be awsome to have and show off to all the other chicken friends My Kitchen is nothing but chickens! Cant wait till my son comes for turkey day and cou t how many I have in the kitchen last year was 109 !! Ya Iv added a few!!! Lol And next month Im turning older uggg! Its just a number right!??

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  188. Good things to know to avoid doing in Minnesota's evil winters!

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  189. Sheryl Gibson10/16/14, 5:38 PM

    I think if I win this hen bag I will have to hide it from my 7 year old daughter!!!

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  190. Trisha Woods10/16/14, 5:39 PM

    I live in Michigan and have been very worried about the winter condition - thanks for all the great tips...also, I NEED THAT BAG...too cute! I just got divorced and need to take it on dates to find out who likes chickens :)

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  191. Holly Gamble10/16/14, 5:39 PM

    The handbag is absolutely adorable!!! Love it!!!

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  192. Will def be showing the hubby this article, thank you!!!

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  193. Josephine Howland10/16/14, 5:40 PM

    I would love a henbag!

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