March Backyard Chicken Checklist: 5 Pro Tips March 5, 2020

Spring has almost arrived! March 20th, 2020 is the spring equinox and we will all soon be enjoying more sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets. (Thank goodness….) Here’s my March backyard chicken checklist to help you prepare for spring with chickens.

1.Incorporate chickens into your garden plans

Gardening is the whole reason I got into chickens in the first place, so it ranks first on my March backyard chicken checklist. Keeping chickens can seriously contribute to gardening success: after all, chickens eat plant pests. Their droppings and litter make for some truly amazing compost. They can clean up your beds in fall and take care of those extra veggies when you have more than you can handle. But they can also cause destruction and eat your garden in the blink of an eye! Here are the top 5 ways to combine raising backyard chickens and gardening while saving your plants from being eaten.

Backyard chicken tip 1: plan for gardening with chickens
Backyard chicken tip 1: Plan for gardening with chickens

Don’t forget, though, when you’re planning your spring garden, that some plants are poisonous to your flock, and choose alternatives accordingly. Chickens are foraging birds by nature. They will take a small taste of most plants to determine what is good to eat and what is not. While they seem to have a pretty good ability to determine what to stay away from, it’s always better safe than sorry, right?

2. Check your chicken coop for repairs

Number two on your backyard chicken checklist for March: check your coop and run for holes or openings, and repair them. Predators such as snakes, weasels and even raccoon’s hands can fit through very small areas. To keep your flock safe, make sure any wire mesh on your coop is securely attached because these predators can force themselves through weak spots. They can climb fences, and dig beneath enclosures. Use complex latches that require two or more steps to operate, or to use two latches on every door, too, since some predators are extremely wily.

Backyard chicken tip 2: Secure the coop and run against predation
Backyard chicken tip 2: Secure the coop and run against predation

(Of course, you really should do this every few months, so you might see this one crop on on future checklists.)

3. Plan for your hatch!

Have you tried hatching eggs before? Or are you already a hopeless hatch-o-holic like me? Prepping to hatch makes number three on the backyard chicken checklist for March. Hens are laying aplenty, the weather is warming, and you may find you have broodies stubbornly sitting on their nests. Or, borrow or buy an incubator and watch your eggs hatch at home.

Backyard chicken tip 3: hatch!
Backyard chicken tip 3: hatch, hatch, hatch!

If you’re new to hatching and feeling overwhelmed, check out MPC’s free incubation guide. It covers all the basics! Be sure to consider something cool if you’re going to hatch, like my faves: incredible Silkies from our national-award-winning breeder, or our famous Fun and Funky collection of frizzles, naked necks, and Instagram-worthy varieties.

Get Funky with our “Chickens of Instagram” collection

I also salute the chicken breed snob. Turn your nose up with our Chickens for Elitists hatching egg assortment, including the likes of Isabel Orpingtons, Lavender & Wheaten Ameraucanas, and Ayam Cemanis.

4. Reserve those spring chicks before your fave breed sells out

Number four on the list: if hatching isn’t for you, now is a great time to order your spring chicks before our most popular breeds sell out. Of course, I already received my spring chicks, but hey, I know not everyone can be as on-the-ball (read: chicken crazy) as me. After March 30th, our spring order minimums take effect and you may be able to order as few as 3 chicks depending on your zip code. Click here to check the minimum for your area.

(Not sure which breeds to get? Try our Breed Selection Tool to get suggestions.)

5.Celebrate Tutu – Tuesday & win!

On each Tuesday throughout the month of March, we will be giving away chicken tutus on Instagram! If you think you’ve seen just about everything, guess again. We don’t just keep chickens for eggs anymore. Now your chickens can look as glamorous as they think they are. Here’s my feathered friend looking fine in her tutu.

Backyard chicken tip 5: Win a tutu!

That’s it for now! Check back for my next monthly installment of chicken keeping tips.

2 Comments
Andrea Charles March 18th, 2020

Wow, the tutus look perfect on the chicken! Thank you for such an extensive write up for a backyard chicken farm. Maybe I should get my coop repaired after all. You make it look ever so simpler. I will definitely follow these pointers and get my coop up and running in no time.

Forest C March 27th, 2020

Good Luck with the repairs!

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