Caring for Chickens in the Spring
Check out these five easy steps to get your spring chicken keeping off to a good start!
Spring Chicken Keeping Checklist
Deep Clean the Coop
Pull out all perches and make sure to disinfect all surfaces, walls, nest boxes and perches included (we use vinegar or Clorox)! Bugs will find any small space. Check for mites while you are cleaning.
Now is a good time to remove heated water bowls, but make sure to watch for random spring freezes!
Spruce up the coop/ upgrade predator protection
Spring is a great time to clean up your coop with a new coat of paint, wash with lime, or reseal windows to prevent unwanted pests making a home inside your coop. Also check the roof for leaks before rain comes!
Spring Health Check
Red mites and lice
Do nails need clipping?
Abnormal eggs (once hens start laying again)
Check droppings and egg insides for worms
Prepare for eggs (and broody hens)
Here are a some good articles identifying common egg abnormalities and their causes: