My chickens are wishing spring is around the corner! But alas, it appears we still have a bit longer to go before we see any green grass or flowers budding.
During the winter I often go out when the snow is too deep for them to walk in and shovel a little area for them. While I always spread some goodies for them, there are some days when they would rather stay inside.
As my chickens are free-range, I like them to get out in the fresh air as much as I can, rather than letting them stay cooped up throughout the entire winter. I certainly don’t mind them staying inside during a blizzard (because that is where I would rather be too), but going out at least for a short time each day keeps them healthy. To avoid respiratory issues a walk with me in the snow does them some good! I also truly believe that letting them out helps keep them winter hardy.
They always have the little door open so they have the option of going in or out on their own, but when I feel they have been “chicken” and need to breathe a little fresh air, I grab a shovel and my treat bucket.
How do I get them to come out for a bit? Mealworms or fruit rinds does the trick every time! How do you get your chickens outside?