Does Daylight Savings Time affect chickens?
Well, the short answer is no Of course chickens don’t have a need to understand numerical times, but YES they are affected by the shortening of days
Autumn can be a rough time for chickens You probably have noticed all of your birds molting Molting happens to every chicken, every fall They drop their old feathers, and grow in a new, fresh set for winter They can be more vulnerable to cold during this time Some of my girls go almost completely naked during molting season One named Smarty, gets so puny, she literally looks
Summer’s dog days are miserable Plants droop in the heat as wildlife retreat to shady places On scorching days people sequester in the comfort of their air-conditioned home But, what about the poor chickens out in the coop?
Chickens feel the heat That seems ironic since the species evolved in the steamy tropics of Southeast Asia Despite their origin more chickens die of heat stress than from the frigid cold of a northern winter
Heat can stress or kill chickens nearly everywhere, not just in the deep south North Dakota and upstate New York, both famous for frigid winters, often see