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How Amélie Takes Care of Her Chickens During Winter

How Amélie Takes Care of Her Chickens During Winter

Amélie adopted three chickens a year and a half ago. She installed her POC POC chicken coop in her Montreal North backyard. She’s now experiencing her second winter with her same three adorable hens.

 

Poules en hiver montreal

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?

It’s similar to the rest of the year. Although I remember last year their combs got chapped, so I had to apply Vaseline to rehydrate them. This year, they’ve stayed beautiful and healthy.

3 comments

Feb 15, 2019 • Posted by Skid Crease

Hi, Amélie! I have my four “Golden Girls” – Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia with me for their first winter home from the Albion Hills Community Farm. I thought they would slow down egg laying in the winter, but not the case – still getting a dozen eggs every three days! There is no light or heat lamp in their coop, but lots of wood shavings inside and snow insulation on top. I dig them a fresh path every snowfall and they follow me like puppies. Sitting in the snow feeding them lettuce leaves has become their latest treat. Didn’t know about the diatomaceous earth mixed in to the shavings – to control mites? Great tip!

Feb 15, 2019 • Posted by Ken Stockstill

Thanks for your iisnsights. Will start raising chickens this spring.

Feb 15, 2019 • Posted by Céline Deschênes

Quelle est la grandeur du poulailler Poc Poc ? Et à Montréal il est plus facilitant d’avoir des poules l’hiver peut-être car il y tombe moins de neige !
Je vis à Rimouski…et la neige il y en a ouf !
Est-ce que vous chauffez le poulailler …si oui..comment
Merci
CD

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