Norm for a Winter Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brownrhi, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. brownrhi

    brownrhi Just Hatched

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    Here in MI it is always a full blown, snowy winter. I was so used to looking at my beautiful, shined feathers, big and bright red combs and wattles and pale orange/yellow feet on my birds. Now that we're 3 months into winter and the birds are mostly cooped up (they hate going in the snow) I am concerned about their looks.

    Can someone tell me the "norm" as far as appearance for a chicken that's been in the colder temp, cooped up with a lot less sunlight???
    Thank you!
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2017
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It is common for combs to pale and shrink on short winter days.
    They still need fresh air and get outside. I spread straw over the snow to give them something to walk on.
     
  3. brownrhi

    brownrhi Just Hatched

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    Oh that's a great idea! Luckily we had a thaw the past couple weeks so they've been out everyday but I love the straw idea for when the snow comes back. Thanks!!
     

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