The Spring Chicken Checklist

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 21 July 2020

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Hello chicken keepers,

They say Spring is the perfect time to start afresh... and they’re right! It’s the right time of year to get our hens back on track after their winter break with some tender loving care. Keep your chooks productive, healthy and happy as we head into the warmer months with my Spring Chicken Checklist...

1. Spring Clean

There are very few chook keepers that would put Spring cleaning at the top of their “Oh I just love doing that!” list. But trust me when I say that coop cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right tips, tricks and products it’s a bloomin’ breeze! Scrub up with my guide to spring coop cleaning here.

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2. Spring Fresh

After winter break your hens are ready to feel like themselves again. Elevate their self care routine and turn their dust baths into dust spas! Give your girls the ultimate in Spring spas with my guide to 5 things you can add to your flock’s dust bath here.

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3. Spring Sprouts

Growing your own chicken-friendly plants is the best way to save money on chicken feed AND it engages your flock’s natural foraging instincts, keeping them active and happy in the backyard. We have an egg-cellent list of poultry pleasing plants that your chickens will love right here, so let’s get sprouting!

4. Spring Chickens

Any chicken keeper worth their weight in Mealworm Treats knows that pure joy can only be obtained by collecting more chookies. There’s always room for more feather babies, right? Spring really is the best time to introduce some new feather friends and expand the flock. From chicks to pullets to point-of-lay, your local breeders will have a lovely mix of chicken breeds and ages to choose from. Have a peck at our guide to introducing new hens here.  

If you’re after more of a challenge this Spring, why not hatch your own hens? We have you covered with our guides to incubating, hatching and raising your very own brood of baby chicks. Have a peck at how to get started right here.

Just like our spring checklist, every season as its tasks and challenges to combat! Come rain or shine, hot or cold, something we’ll never be able to control is the weather! It can be a worry and concern when thinking about the health, safety and comfort of your backyard friends.

Cluckily, you can prepare for all seasons thanks to our friends over at Chickenpedia. I recommend their brilliant Weatherproof Chickens course to all my readers! They have compiled a guide of everything you need to keep healthy chickens through the seasons (which is more than you think!) with a great set of checklists and downloads to keep. Dangerous conditions including dehydration and frostbite can be avoided with the correct information and actions. Whatever the weather, this course will help you keep your chickens happy and healthy all year round.

As chicken keepers, we want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends. Many chicken keepers struggle to handle chicken health or behaviour issues, especially in the first few years of having a flock. Chickenpedia have comprehensive online courses on everything you didn’t know you need to know and then some more! From healthcare to raising baby chicks to feeding and behavior, you’ll find beginner-friendly courses that’ll give you the knowledge and confidence to successfully look after your chickens.

As a member, you will get access to ALL their fantastic courses. No need to wing it, become the ultimate chicken eggspert! Check out Chickenpedia and their amazing courses today!

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Feathers Forever,

Kassandra X