Winterizing your chicken run with heated waterers, lighting, and solar resources to keep your flock cozy and productive.
Seal any drafts: Check for gaps or cracks in the walls, windows, and doors of your coop. Seal them with weather stripping or caulk to prevent drafts.
Deep litter method: Add a thick layer of bedding (straw, hay, or wood shavings) to the coop floor. The decomposing litter generates heat and acts as a natural insulator.
Electric water heaters: These are designed to keep water above freezing temperatures. Place them in your coop or run, ensuring your chickens always have access to liquid water.
Use LED or solar-powered lights: Energy-efficient LED lights are a great choice. Solar-powered lights can also work.
Roosting bars: Elevate the roosting bars in your coop to allow air to circulate beneath your chickens. This can help reduce moisture buildup and frostbite risk.