Winter Chicken Coop Care, Part 2: How chickens keep themselves warm — and how you can help them

Backyard chickens grazing by The Garden Ark mobile chicken coop

This is the second in a four-part series on preparing your backyard chickens and coop for cold weather.

Most standard laying hens are quite cold hardy (check this handy breed chart). Just look at their names: Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red. . . . These girls were bred to withstand cold climates well before the advent of electric heat. So how do they manage to withstand temperatures that send us scampering for the nearest cup of cocoa?

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