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    The Outside Cold

    WITH some overnight temperatures dipping below -5C in areas in Australia, a perfect time think of your animals outside and in particular your beloved chooks on those cold, wet and windy nights. Chooks’  feathers are a very efficient insulating system but draughts can cut right through them, and can eventually lead to illness and a decrease in egg production. Cold draughts  force the birds to use up their calories on keeping warm rather laying eggs if the hen house is poorly designed. Also, give some thought to how you can position your hen house: an east-north facing hen house is ideal in southeast Australia. It receives the warming winter sun…