Raising Chickens/Winters

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Starting Up:

Building a shelter 25% developed | Building a pen 75% developed
Choosing a breed 100% developed | Pen Maintenance 0% developed
Finding a Hatchery 100% developed | Local Regulations 25% developed  as of April 27, 2007


Taking care of your Chickens:

Chicks 50% developed | Feeding 100% developed | Watering 100% developed | Winters 50% developed  as of February 16, 2006
Dealing with death 50% developed  as of February 16, 2006 | Butchering Chickens 75% developed
Keeping your chickens happy 100% developed


Other:

Information that doesn't fit elsewhere 100% developed

In most parts of the world winters are not a big issue. Howerver, once you go north/south of certain latitudes then keeping your chickens going through the winter is a big deal.


Winterizing your Shelter[edit]

If you are using an existing shed that has wall cavities(in between the outside siding, and the inside wall) you can fill those up with sawdust, and that helps.

Heat[edit]

Depending on the size and cold tolerance of your chickens heating can be very important or just a nice add on. If your shelter is small enough and insulated well the heat produced by your chickens might be enough to keep them warm. If this is not the case then it might be necessary to put heating in. A heat lamp can help add warmth to the chickens shelter. The cold tolerance of chickens varies. However, some chickens can be quite happy in -20 celcius.

Butchering all your chickens in the fall[edit]

One option of getting your chickens through the winter is to not do it. If you are raising chickens for meat purposes then this is an option worth considering. For instructions on doing this look in the Butchering section of this book.