a question for the wise ones living the life...
right now i'm raising 4 chickens, and my wife is worried about frost bitten toes. the ground in their fenced in area is getting a little sloppy from rain with no grass and constant pecking. and now it's getting cold...
anything we can do (without moving the coop itself) to help fix the ground? or is there another way to prevent chicken toe frostbite?
I'm assuming you have a coop for them, and are only worried about the yard? Don't worry. If the chickens have shelter (coop) they will come inside if it gets too uncomfortable outside.
I have kept a dozen birds here in Montana for just over 12 years. The only bird that ever suffered from the cold was a turkin (naked-neck chicken), and I think it's brain froze.
That was when we had -30o
F for 5 days straight. My chickens have access to their yard 365 days a year, rain, snow or sleet. Haven't had a frost-bit toe yet.
Chickens are a lot tougher than we give them credit for.