Matt speaks again with Dave Farris. In this far-reaching conversation, Dave describes taking care of animals like rabbits, chickens, and other small animals during cold weather and into Spring. You will also hear from Shelly Paxton, D&B Supply’s large animal buyer.
How do I keep my small animals warm?
Are Heat Lamps an Efficient way to keep my Small Animals Warm?
Freezing Temps create frozen eggs. Anything we can do to prevent this?
Is natural for a Chicken to stop laying in the fall or winter?
Shelly, D&B Supply’s large animal buyer got her start working at a Veterinarian and worked in the animal health and feed division. She is currently going back to school for her animal nutrition degree.
What is the best way to take care of small animals in the cold?
What are the three most important tips for keeping animals healthy in the winter?
Shelly states that the three most important things for any animal is having access to clean water, dry bedding & shelter. She also shares that supplements will aide in preventing “stressors” due to colder temps.
How to keep my Chickens not “cooped up” in the winter?
If your Chickens are not leaving the coop due to snow or cold temperatures, try creating a covered run where they can go to be “outside” and utilize a spot for a dirt bath.
How to keep Goats happy in the cold?
Goats are more sensitive to colder weather. It is extremely important to keep Goats in a shelter with dry bedding and of course plenty of water.
How to keep Rabbits dry in the winter?
Rabbits, need to have a dry shelter to get out of the weather and more feed, and of course fresh water is crucial. Rabbits will bulk up for the winter so make sure to have plenty of feed. One tip is to check the rabbits ears to make sure their ears are not frozen. Giving them a heat source like a heated pad and heated pet bowls will assure a healthy animal.
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