The key concern during winter when it comes to caring for your chickens, is the added moisture in the air. As rainfall becomes more predominant, there is an increased risk of mould development in your chicken coops.
Mould can have a severe effect on your hen’s health and wellbeing. Leading to disease, respiratory issues and in some cases death. The best way to prevent mould is to make sure the coop is well ventilated and stays clean. When cleaning your coop, we recommend using aglime, this is a cheap and effective way to keep help control mould and odour.
Regular cleaning and maintenance should be performed to make sure your hen’s environment is healthy and monitored for any mould or pests that may be hiding there, this includes mites and lice. See our blog My chickens have worms, mites, and lice, how do I treat them? | Capalaba Produce to learn more about the signs for an infestation and what you can do to prevent and treat them if they are found.
You should also provide a bedding material that is heat absorbent, to help your hens through the cooler nights, just be mindful as many commonly used materials are prone to developing mould, and therefore will need to be changed more frequently.