LIVE Q&A: Raising Chickens in Winter

Ask Our Experts How to Keep Your Backyard Chickens Healthy in Winter


Winter is on its way in a hurry. Is your flock prepared for the colder months ahead? If not, join our live Q&A on Tuesday, November 8th. You’ll be able to interact directly with poultry pros and get expert tips for successfully raising chickens in winter.

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How it works:

1) Enter a question into the feed for our panelists. This month’s theme is winterizing your flock, but you can ask other poultry-related questions.

2) Feel free to join the other user threads and offer perspective alongside the panelists.

3) Can’t make the Q&A? Simply bookmark this page and come back to see answers to all the questions at a time that’s more convenient for you. We host our Q&A’s on the second Tuesday of every month from 1-3 PM.


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Meet our Panelists:

Lisa Steele is a fifth-generation backyard chicken keeper and founder of the natural chicken keeping website Fresh Eggs Daily®. Lisa is also an author, gardener and aspiring herbalist, and lives on a small hobby farm in Maine.

Janet Garman runs a family homestead Timber Creek Farm, where she raises vegetables for her table and animals for fiber, eggs, meat and companionship. She is also the author of Chickens from Scratch.

Ryan Slabaugh is the Editor of Backyard Poultry and Countryside and Small Stock Journal. His 15-year tenure in journalism has been largely spent serving remote, mountain regions, which has given him a unique perspective on how environmental and resource pressures can affect local and rural communities.

Pam Freeman is the Digital Content Coordinator for Countryside Network, and writes for Pam provides informed answers to reader questions via “Ask the Expert” and works with a team of contributing writers to bring first-hand stories to the online community.

If you want to get a head start on learning the do’s and don’ts of raising chickens in winter, take a look at some of our most popular winterization stories:

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Chicken Predators and Winter

Preventing Frozen Chicken Eggs

Do Chickens Need Heat in Winter?

Duck Shelters for Winter

Keeping Turkeys Healthy in Winter

Guinea Fowl Winter Care

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Backyard Poultry magazine is your best source for information on how to raise healthier, more productive backyard chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and even keeping guinea fowl. Whether you live on a farm, call a suburban neighborhood home, or are mastering poultry farming in an urban environment, we have the how-to guides and tips for you.

Save the Date for our Next Live Q&A

The Do’s and Don’ts of Chicken Accessories on December 13, 2016.

  • I am converting a vinyl sided wood shed with a wood floor to a coop. Do I need to put hardware cloth around the shed in addition to the area that will be the run? Do I need to worry about predators chewing through vinyl/wood to get at flock? What floor covering is recommended for flock safety and ease of cleaning?

    • Steph M.

      Hi there! Our panelists will be on in a few hours to chat with you about this. Thanks for the question. ~Steph

    • Steph M.

      Hi there – I wanted to let you know I posted your question in the feed and our panelists answered. Here is what they had to say:

      Janet @Timbercreekfarm
      You should protect the floor too if it is wooden. We spread a thin layer of cement over our wooden shed floor. If that isn’t an option, buying some vinyl flooring from a flooring store might be a good idea. They often sell smaller leftover pieces. Tile is another thought.
      Nov 8 2016 11:09 AM

      Ryan Slabaugh
      Yeah, predators will chew through anything to get at a chicken. I like the vinyl flooring idea — easy to hose off if you need to.
      Nov 8 2016 11:21 AM

      Lisa | Fresh Eggs Daily
      I love a wooden floor on the coop covered with inexpensive vinyl flooring. Easy to clean and the floor won’t rot that way. A wooden floor should be predator-proof, but you might want to line the perimeter with hardware cloth to prevent digging under the coop and the opportunity to try chewing through the bottom.


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