In South-east Queensland, we have recently had an unprecendented amount of rain. This rain has been not only large in quantity, but the time over which it has fallen has been significant. It may sound like an exageration, but it sometimes seems like it has been raining non-stop for several weeks. While this has been good in some ways (we are not connected to a town water supply), it has had a negative impact on our chickens.
Surprisingly, their egg prodiction has been maintained, but I have been increasingly concerned about:
- their ability to shelter from the weather
- the increased prevalence of pests and diseases.
So what have I done:
- continued to ensure that food is both fresh and dry
- removed food scraps that have not been eaten
- extended the roofed area of the run
It is my hope that the increased roofed area will provide a relatively dry area (outside the hen-house) that my chickens can shelter in during even the heaviest rain.