How to Winterise Chicken Coops
Winterising a hen house is a vital part of keeping chickens healthy and happy in cold weather. Although you may not think it is necessary to do this, hen houses may need to be winterised depending on a number of factors such as the number of chickens in the chicken coops for instance.
• First, insulate hen houses by adding some polystyrene foam boarding to the walls.
• Next, wind proof the chicken run. Use some tarp for this as this will provide the best weather protection when keeping chickens.
• Add straw or wood shavings depending on the climate you live in. Straw is great for freezing temperatures, yet wood shavings are ideal for wet weather.
• Heat the water slightly for your chickens to drink. It is possible to get heated dog bowls but you will need an extension cable to get it outdoors.
• For bitterly cold nights, place a heat lamp in hen houses to raise the temperature safely. Make sure bedding and birds are kept safely away from the heating lamp if it is ceramic. The lamp is not meant to heat chicken coops up; it is merely there to take the edge off in exceptionally freezing conditions.
• Always be sure to monitor the behaviour of chickens during cold snaps. If you don’t spot anything unusual in their motion or action then the chances are they are fine. Chickens will naturally stand on one foot to stay warm and will fluff out their feathers.