With the excitement of Christmas and the nearing festivities this month give some thoughts to the Chickens that are having to cope with the elements outside.
This is a time when (unless you encourage your chickens to lay again now using artificial lighting) they can recharge their batteries and rest their insides. Chickens eggs are 'numbered' which, if you encourage your hens to lay more effectively means that their life will be shorter. Pullets may be coming into Lay and Silkies often start laying again in December.
Feed extra grains as they spend more time in the dark - this will help them get through it safely and be kept warm - feed soaked warm oats as a treat.
This is when we use Oats - warmed which is a great way of providing some warmth. It is great also for youngsters that need a little extra help with growth.
Check for repairs, draughts, holes, leaking roofs and any cracks from frost and make any necessary adjustments needed.
Try not to let them out during very bitter windy and wet weather as this can have a dramatic affect on your Chicken's Health.