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4 Tips for Raising Chickens in the Winter

4 Tips for Raising Chickens in the Winter

Winter’s damp, cold weather and freezing temperatures can pose potential challenges to keeping your backyard chickens happy and healthy. Below are 4 tips on raising chickens in the winter, to support your flock’s health and well-being.

1. Prevent frostbite

Chickens are most prone...

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Grown For The Life We Love™

Grown For The Life We Love™

There’s always a moment in our lives, a pivotal moment, when the joy and the love we experience for our animals became foundational for who we are what we want to become. At Standlee Premium Western Forage® we understand those...

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The Ins and Outs – Chicken Coop Bedding and Litter

The Ins and Outs – Chicken Coop Bedding and Litter

The popularity of raising chickens in the backyard as a potential source of healthy, fresh eggs and meat is soaring in the United States. To properly house chickens in a backyard environment, the birds need a safe...

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We know about the amazing benefits of The Chicken Chick’s Spruce the Coop® Herbal Fusion in our chickens’ nest boxes, but did you know there are many other uses for this delightful botanical blend? Here at Standlee Premium Western Forage, we use Spruce the Coop® Herbal Fusion to freshen and beautify our surroundings in a variety of ways! Check out some of our favorite uses, which you can easily incorporate into your life, too!

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Car or Drawer Sachets

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Supplies:

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How to:

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  1. Place 2-3 tablespoons of The Chicken Chick’s Spruce the Coop® Herbal Fusion in the sachet and close with the drawstring.
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  3. Place anywhere you would enjoy a fragrant boost such as your car, drawers or powder room.
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Wedding Send-off “Confetti”

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Supplies:

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How to:

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  1. Cut paper into approximately 4” x 4” squares.
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  3. Roll paper into a cone shape.
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  5. Secure with tape or glue.
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  7. Fill with The Chicken Chick’s Spruce the Coop® Herbal Fusion.
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  9. Have guests shower the newlyweds with a delightfully fragrant, biodegradable botanical blend instead of rice or paper confetti, which can be hazardous to wildlife.
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Candle Centerpiece

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  1. Turn on the candle and set in bottom of vase.
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  3. Fill vase around the candle with The Chicken Chick’s Spruce the Coop® Herbal Fusion to desired height.
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Botanical Art

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  1. Choose a design (e.g., initials, animal silhouette, heart, etc.) and print out design onto a piece of copy paper.
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  3. Cut outline of design to use as a template.
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  5. Lightly trace design outline onto canvas.
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  7. Spread a generous amount of Mod Podge inside outline with paintbrush.
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  9. Sprinkle a generous amount of The Chicken Chick’s Spruce the Coop® Herbal Fusion on top of glue, gently pressing into glue until fully covered.
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  11. Continue working in sections until the entire outline is covered.
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  13. Tip - You may want to use a pair of tweezers to apply single petals in sparse areas.
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  15. Allow to dry fully before hanging.
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*Update for social distancing due to COVID-19: We want you and your family to stay safe and healthy during these uncertain times. With this in mind, we have provided retailer links to shop online where you may purchase all or some of the supplies mentioned above.

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Spruce the Coop

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Crafting Supplies

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Winter’s damp, cold weather and freezing temperatures can pose potential challenges to keeping your backyard chickens happy and healthy. Below are 4 tips on raising chickens in the winter, to support your flock’s health and well-being.

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1.\tPrevent frostbite

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Chickens are most prone to frostbite on their wattles, feet, and combs.

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To help prevent frostbite, protect the chickens’ feet by removing all snow in outdoor runs. Within the coop, provide an elevated roosting area for all chickens so they can roost off the floor. Recommended minimum roost space is 6-8 inches per chicken with a roost diameter of 1 ½ to 3 inches.

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2.\tMaintain adequate ventilation

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Proper coop ventilation is critical to keeping chickens healthy, especially during cold and humid conditions.

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Draft-free air movement supports fresh air flow to bring oxygen in and move out stale air containing carbon dioxide, excess moisture, and ammonia.

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In addition to adequate ventilation, a vapor barrier and insulation are necessary to prevent moisture accumulation on walls and ceilings.

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During cold temperatures, humidity builds up in a coop with suboptimal ventilation, putting the chickens at risk of frostbite. Ammonia buildup in litter can also result from poor ventilation, predisposing chickens to respiratory diseases.

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3.\tAllow optimal space for feeders and waterers

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Place waterers and feeders with adequate spacing so all birds can eat and drink freely. If feeders are not adequately spaced, birds lower in the pecking order may not be allowed to eat. Allow at least 3 inches of feeder space per bird.

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For nipple watering systems, place the water nipple’s tip slightly above the bird’s eye level. Placing the nipple so the bird reaches up to drink will help to prevent excess wet spots. One water nipple is suggested per 6-8 birds. For waterers with lips, place the top lip at the height of the bird’s back which will help prevent waste and keep the water clean.

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If possible, locate the waterers in the outside run to help decrease coop’s humidity level.

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Provide round-the-clock free access to feed and water to keep birds warm and hydrated during cold weather.

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4.\tProvide ample coop bedding and litter management

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Providing ample coop bedding and litter management are key to maintaining the flock’s health and well-being in winter’s cold, damp, and blustery weather.

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Winter coop prep starts with removing all soiled litter and replacing it with a generous amount of new moisture-free litter. The bedding provides the birds with needed warmth and insulation.

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It’s recommended to do daily moisture level checks as deep litter can significantly increase coop humidity. Monitor humidity and temperature with a digital thermometer/hygrometer.

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Litter options include sand, straw, wood shavings, shredded paper, soft hay, and products like Standlee’s Flock Fresh® provide an insulation layer to help keep the flock warm and dry.

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Flock Fresh is comprised of zeolite granules, premium chopped alfalfa, and premium chopped straw. The majority of the mix is chopped straw infused with zeolite granules. The alfalfa provides an added benefit in promoting flocks to frequently peck and flip the litter. This natural feeding behavior supports a healthy and comforting coop environment for the birds.

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The Chicken Chick’s Sweep Coop® may be applied to the to the Flock Fresh to keep it refreshed.

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Made of zeolite, Sweet Coop is a natural mineral composed of volcanic ash and alkaline water, formed under extended pressure. It removes odors instead of masking them, trapping the ammonia before it vaporizes and works by soaking up moisture to prevent frostbite.

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Sweet Coop® and Flock Fresh® products work to create a litter base that naturally reduces harmful ammonia fumes and smell. The pairing promotes digestive health while keeping the coop and roosting area dry, comfortable, and virtually scent-free. An added sustainability benefit is they make an excellent chemical-free compost and slow-release nitrogen/potassium fertilizer to use in your gardens and flower beds.

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Preventing frostbite, maintaining adequate ventilation, allowing appropriate space for feeders and waterers, and providing ample coop bedding and litter management will help your backyard chickens thrive during winter’s cold, wet, and windy conditions.

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References:

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The popularity of raising chickens in the backyard as a potential source of healthy, fresh eggs and meat is soaring in the United States. To properly house\n chickens in a backyard environment, the birds need a safe area to roost, lay eggs and get out of poor weather. This safe area is typically a chicken\n coop or chicken house. Since the coop is a semi-confined space, the environment within the coop is critical to maintain health of the birds. One aspect\n to maintaining a healthy chicken coop environment is to carefully select the bedding material. The bedding material is critical to absorb moisture\n and ammonia from chicken manure, thus facilitating respiratory health. It is also critical to prevent disease through the spread of harmful bacteria.\n Bedding material will also provide entertainment value since chickens will scratch and peck constantly in the bedding material. Finally, soiled bedding\n material can be a great source of composted fertilizer for plants, trees and grass.

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Straw, from wheat or barley production, is an excellent choice for chicken coop bedding. Straw has great potential to absorb moisture, provide cushion\n and form compostable bedding that can help keep chickens warm and destroy harmful bacteria. Standlee Premium Western Forage® provides Certified Chopped Straw in convenient plastic bags, with a 10 cubic foot volume. This straw is certified noxious weed free and chopped into 4” pieces to form an even, consistent bedding material.

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The next question is, can we make straw bedding material even better? Yes, we can with Standlee Premium Western Forage Flock Fresh® bedding and litter. This product utilizes the same high-quality chopped straw, but it has two important improvements. First, we added “Zeolite” granules.\n Zeolite is recognized as an environmentally friendly deodorizer and it has been shown scientifically to reduce\n ammonia in chicken litter. Zeolite functions to absorb and bind solid particles, liquids and gases from chicken manure in its unique honeycomb\n structure, decreasing harmful ammonia vapors in the coop. Since Zeolite absorbs water from waste and absorbs ammonia, it prevents the loss of plant\n available nitrogen, making the composted bedding material an even better fertilizer (Hogg, 2003). Zeolite is also safe for chickens to eat since it\n functions as a natural method to increase hardness of egg shells. The second improvement that Flock Fresh Bedding includes is chopped alfalfa. The\n inclusion of chopped alfalfa encourages chickens to peck through and continually turn the bedding material. The turning of the bedding material allows\n proper composting and destruction of harmful bacteria. The alfalfa is also a great source of protein for egg and meat production. Standlee Premium\n Western Forage Flock Fresh Bedding is also sold in convenient 10 cubic foot plastic bags.

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By Dr. Stephen Duren\n
Standlee Nutritional Expert - Performance Horse Nutrition

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References:\n

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1. Hogg, 2003 Zeolites: Absorbents, Adsorbents.

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1. ENCLOSURE

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The brooder is the chicks’ home until they move to the coop. The brooder should be spacious, safe, and easy to clean. The brooder should be kept in a room\n with an ambient temperature of at least 50°F and access to natural light.

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The Chicken Chick recommends a large puppy playpen with a top that zips closed to prevent chicks from flying out. An enormous cardboard box is a wonderful\n alternative, but it must be covered with chicken wire or hardware cloth to prevent birds from escaping.

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2. LITTER

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A dry brooder is essential for raising healthy chicks. Litter is the material placed on the floor of the brooder to absorb moisture from droppings and\n any spilled water.

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Litter for day old chicks: Use puppy pads underneath paper towels for the first several days as chicks learn to eat and drink.

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Litter any time after day 3: remove the puppy pads and paper towels and replace with fluffy pine shavings for maximum absorbency. Always\n remove any wet litter immediately.

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Sprinkle a handful of The Chicken Chick’s® Sweet Coop® zeolite in the litter to help absorb moisture and eliminate any\n harmful ammonia molecules. Sweet Coop® is safe if ingested because it acts as grit in the digestive tract before being passed out in droppings.

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3. SAFE HEAT SOURCE

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Chicks are unable to regulate their body temperature initially. A mother hen shares her body heat with her chicks as they sit underneath her. When raising\n chicks without a mother hen, an alternate source of heat must be supplied. The Chicken Chick recommends a radiant chick warmer that acts like a mother\n hen by warming only the chicks underneath it, not the entire space around them.

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Each chick will regulate its comfort level with a radiant warmer; when they’re chilly, they’ll rest underneath the radiant warmer, when they’re comfortable,\n they’ll dart out and around the brooder eating, drinking and socializing.

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The Chicken Chick strongly recommends against the use of 250 watt heat lamps, which frequently cause fires even when conscientiously used. Heat lamps are\n inherently dangerous and cannot be made fool-proof with flying animals.

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4. FEEDER

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A good feeder will be easily accessible, will keep feed clean, and limit wasted feed. A squirrel-proof bird feeder prevents chicks from pooping in the\n feed and beaking feed out onto the brooder floor, thereby reducing waste.

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5. FEED

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A nutritionally complete chick starter feed should be fed to chicks from day one to 18 weeks old.

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Medicated vs. non-medicated starter feed:

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If chicks have not been vaccinated for coccidiosis, they should be fed medicated starter feed to protect against a deadly intestinal disease\n known as coccidiosis.

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Medicated feed contains a low dose of an antiparasitic medication known as amprolium, which allows chicks to develop gradual immunity to parasites that\n naturally live in their digestive tracts.

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If chicks have been vaccinated for coccidiosis, do not give them medicated feed because as the medication will kill the live vaccine. The coccidiosis vaccine\n should not be confused with the vaccine for Marek’s disease. Chicks that are vaccinated for Marek’s disease may eat medicated starter feed.

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6. DRINKER

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Chicks cannot develop a healthy immune system without consistent access to clean water. A poultry nipple drinker keeps poop and litter out of the water.

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Position the poultry nipple pin just above eye level of the smallest chick, raising it as chicks grow.

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7. ROOST

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Chicks should be provided with a small roost within the first week or two. A small, flat piece of wood elevated 4 inches from the floor with bricks on\n each end, for example, will be perfectly adequate.

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INTRODUCING CHICKS TO THE BROODER

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As each chick is placed in the brooder, tap its beak to the poultry nipple to release a drop of water onto its beak. It will then know where to find water.

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Place each chick underneath the radiant warmer with the feeder and drinker nearby. Sprinkle a small amount of starter feed onto the paper towels near the\n warmer for chicks to find easily.

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Ensure chicks receive 8 hours of complete darkness every day. It is best to allow natural sunrise and sunset to dictate bedtime. Don’t leave any lights\n on in the brooder room at night and never turn off a light leaving chicks in the dark as they will panic.

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