Chickens in the winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Iowa Farm Boy, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. Iowa Farm Boy

    Iowa Farm Boy In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2014
    How do i make sure my chickens dont get bored? And why wont they go outside during the winter? Also should i keep a heat lamp on them 24/7?
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Personally, I don't think chickens need entertainment. As long as they have plenty of room, feed and water, they'll be fine. Keep them too crowded and you will have problems with feather picking and other behaviors. You do not need a heat lamp. You will be doing them a disservice rather than a favor. There are many, many threads on heating coops. Read them and find out what others have to say. They may not be going out because they don't like the wind, cold or snow.
  3. coonhoundmama87

    coonhoundmama87 Songster

    Oct 26, 2011
    Ditto on the post above. Mine seem to mostly just want to hunker down on bad days. Even my guineas just sit around. Nice days they'll go entertain themselves. Heat is unnecessary for them, you can actually do more harm than good. There's many threads on that.
  4. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Songster

    Sep 27, 2014
    If your birds are molting,they may need it.

    Keeping them interesting/business bored s easy.
    Birds like roost/roosting.A few second stairs,outside roosts,or stumps Etc.

    Chickens love food,hanging a apple up up would definitely keep them from getting bored.

    You and chickens can have fun.Talking,roosting,free ranging etc keeps them interested.

    They may not go outside because their too cold ,or they just need to adjust to the weather changes.

    Good luck
  5. WNCcluck

    WNCcluck Chirping

    Aug 1, 2014
    Mountains of WNC
    They're chickens ... I don't think "bored" is possible. One might ask if cows get tired of eating grass or fish get tired of swimming.

    I can pretty well guarantee you that you'll provide them with plenty of entertainment just doing routine chicken stuff. Ours love checking out what gets unearthed as I rake out the coop or run. I'm just waiting for one to hop on the rake for a ride.

    As for their not venturing out, there could be any number of things keeping them in. Do they have to go out for food/water? Is it super windy?
  6. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Songster

    Aug 24, 2013
    Auburndale, Wi
    If your worried about chickens being bored you could throw some meal worms or Sun flower seeds in the coop for them to scratch around in all day. Try hanging a head of cabbage or a suet ball. Do not heat your coop, chickens have existed since dinosaurs and have prevailed without supplemental heat. I understand you care/worry about your chickens but they will be fine without heat or activities, they are chickens all they know is how to be chickens lol. :)

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