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5 tips to keep the peace in your chicken coop this winter

Check out these 5 tips provided by Purina Animal Nutrition LLC for keeping the peace in your coop this winter!
  • Purina Animal Nutrition LLC

    Coop and outdoor space

    During the colder months, chickens will be spending more time in the coop. From this boredom can arise, and start bad habits such as pecking. In order to combat this nasty habit, make sure that chickens have plenty of space both inside and outside of the coop. Patrick Biggs, Ph.D, a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition, recommends a minimum of 4 square feet indoors and 10 square feet outdoors per bird.

    Date Published: December 9, 2016
    Date Updated: December 9, 2016
  • Feeder and waterer space

    Another way to cut down on those nasty quirks is to make sure that there is also plenty of feeder and waterer space for each bird. This will cut down on irritation and allow for feeding time to go smoothly for all involved.

    Date Published: December 9, 2016
    Date Updated: December 9, 2016
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    Access to dust bath

    In order to clean themselves, chickens normally dig a shallow hole, loosen the dirt and then cover themselves in it. This process is often referred to as a dust bath. You can create dust baths for your chickens to help keep them clean and happy.

    ”1. Find a container at least 12” deep, 15” wide and 24” long; 2. Combine an equal blend of sand, wood ash and natural soil; 3. Watch your birds roll around in the bath and clean themselves,’ says Biggs. These baths can help prevent mites and lice.

    Date Published: December 9, 2016
    Date Updated: December 9, 2016
  • Coop toys

    What’s the best way to combat any boredom? Well toys of course! Items that bring out their natural instincts work best in the coop. These can range from logs to chicken swings.

    Date Published: December 9, 2016
    Date Updated: December 9, 2016
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    Place to peck

    You can also combat that pesky pecking habit by giving birds an alternative place for them to peck. One example is a block, such as the Purina Flock Block.

    “The Purina Flock Block encourages natural pecking instincts,” says Biggs. “It also contains whole grains, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and oyster shell to provide nutrients that contribute to the hen’s well-being.”

    Date Published: December 9, 2016
    Date Updated: December 9, 2016

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