Amélie, how do you maintain your coop in winter?
You’ve got to be more organized during winter compared to summer, that’s for sure. For example, after a snowstorm, I clear the snow from the coop’s entrance and make a small path in the snow in case the chickens want to flit about in the garden. However, as snow insulates the coop, I never clear off the roof. Inside the coop, I clean the litter once a week by replacing the wood shavings, and I directly mix in some diatomaceous earth.
And what about food and water?
I installed a water heated in the coop. Sometimes, when it’s really cold, a thin layer of ice may appear on it, but the hens are smart and break it with their beak without any problem. I feed them every two days so their food doesn’t freeze. They’re big fans of lettuce and table scraps mixed in with their feed! Chickens eat a little more in winter because they don’t have access to the ground. They love pasta and corn, although they are more difficult to digest. I don’t mind giving them these in winter though, because this long digestion period helps to keep them warm.
Do they need any particular care?