February Backyard Chicken Checklist: 6 Tips to Help Your Flock February 1, 2020

We are halfway through winter and spring is on the horizon! Our February backyard chicken checklist will help you and your flock push through the last of the winter blues.

1. Keep the backyard chicken coop extra clean.

Freshen your chicken coop or barn with First Saturday Lime. This is a perfect solution if you’re looking for an all-natural alternative to pesticides that is safe for your children, pets, animals, and organic farming. Spread it around your coop’s floor and run to repel and deodorize your chicken coop, and reduce ammonia smells.

Buff Orpingtons chicken chat in the mirror.

2. Add a mirror for entertainment.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fluffiest chicken of all? Chickens love to look at themselves in the mirror. It can be great entertainment for them–and for you! A mirror will help keep them occupied during the winter days when they are cooped up.

3. Plan a spring garden for your backyard chicken flock.

Start planning a spring garden for your backyard chicken flock. One idea: consider growing luffa vines around your backyard chicken run in order to provide wind, rain, and shade protection. You can harvest the luffa that has grown and use it in recipes, or as spa sponges when mature and dried.

Plant a luffa vine to cover your chicken and duck run.

4. Sprouting seeds for winter greens.

When the winter comes and the cold sets in, there are fewer fresh greens for our backyard chickens to forage. Fresh greens, grasses, and sprouts are a huge part of their foraging diet most of the year… that is, until winter. That’s why we love giving the chickens something fresh over the winter, a treat to keep their spirits and energy up. Sprouting seeds for chickens is a quick and easy project for your home kitchen.

5. Offer a warm treat to your backyard chicken flock.

There are several ways to offer your flock a warm treat on a cold winter day. One idea: a warm bowl of oatmeal with raisins! Another: heat up some kitchen scraps before serving to your flock. You could even make a mash out of layer feed and warm that up. For added health benefits, consider mixing in fresh or dried herbs from the garden such as rosemary, sage, parsley, or oregano.

6. Offer access to a winter dust bath

Dust bathing is an important part of a winter health care routine, and it will make your hens happy! You can offer your backyard chicken flock a dust bath area by making your own dust bath mix by combining 10 parts play sand with 1 part each wood ash and diatomaceous earth. If you don’t know where to put the mixture, even a simple cardboard box would do! Make sure it’s big enough for your hens to stretch out, and that the dusting material is at least 6″ deep.

Offering a dust bathing area for your flock will keep external parasites like mites or lice to a minimum.

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