Taking care of Hens as a pet sitter, some people use warming lights but this should only be done for babies or adolescence chickens. The hens "roost" on a ledge within the coop, they huddle together to keep warm. Put wood shavings on the floor of the coop about 2 inches thick, as that breaks down along with the bird's poop, it will keep the birds warm. Use a heater to keep their water liquid, they will drink a lot of water during the winter. Also keep the water clean. Corn feeding in later afternoon will keep the hens warm. Most of all keep the hens in a secure coop with outside access so predators cannot make a snack from your flock.
Are you enabling your pet to be over weight?
If you give you pets treats, you are giving your pets extra weight, it's like giving donuts to your pets every time.. Most of the store bought treats have extra calories. Try giving them alternative treats like carrots (they are crunchie & low calorie), watermelon rinds are a good source of fiber, raw pumpkin, potatoes..
Are you feeding the proper amount of kibble for each feeding? If you look at the bag of dog food. The manufacture's have the approximate weight and size of your pet. Do you take a measuring cup to the kibble you feed? For instance, if the bag of food says for a small breed feed them 1/2 cup a day. Do you feed once a day with no toppings on the kibble than you are doing good OR do you feed twice a day & give 1/2 cup each meals?.
The rule of thumb is if you feed twice a day & the bag says 1/2 cup a day than you give your pet 1/4 cup twice a day. If you are putting "toppings" on the food than you are adding more than 1/4 cup twice a day.
Check out this website for more information: www.petobesityprevention.org
My name is Kim Plache' I have owned dogs since my 20s but always loved animals. I always liked to go to my neighbor's houses especially if they had a dog that liked to play catch.. My knowledge comes from years of trial & error, articles that I have read and colleagues throughout the years.. My first dog, Brandy, in Arizona, he had behavioral issues, he liked me & people over 50 but every one else he would try to lunge & attack. I went to many city recreation "dog training classes" but the trainers didn't know how to deal with aggression behavior. It wasn't until I moved to Colorado where I found people who participated with the American Kennel Club who participated with their dogs obedience events. I learned the owner is the leader of the dog, the dog follows the leader for guidance & proper behavior. There are two problem type dogs: Flight or Fright. Your dog either runs away from bad situations or they are a fighter. Each dog has their own personalities and there are many different ways to train your dog. I believe in helping as many dogs & their owners without costing an arm & a leg to get it done.