How do I keep my housing weather proof for the winter?
Make sure that the coop and run are in good repair before the cold weather starts and check that the housing has adequate ventilation above head height to prevent a build-up of condensation inside. It is important to also ensure that the run is well attached and has a clear waterproof covering to protect chickens in the bad weather and prevent mud from forming in the litter.
Hens kept in damp and muddy conditions can quickly develop bacterial and fungal foot problems. It’s really important to keep the housing and run dry and clean to prevent conditions such as salmonella, Bumblefoot, coccidiosis and other health issues.