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How Poultry Farms Prepare for Snow

Please read these helpful tips from our friends at the Delmarva Poultry Industry, to help prepare your chicken farm for snow:

With about five inches of snow predicted Saturday for most of Delmarva, and heavier amounts on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, here are things that chicken growers should do to prepare.

  • Ensure that snow is removed from farm lanes and roads to allow feed, chick delivery, live haul, and propane gas vehicles to have access.  Mark farm access points for these vehicles since drifting snow might hide the farm lanes.
  • If strong winds knock down trees, make farm lanes and houses accessible to visiting vehicles.
  • Check the operating condition of back-up generators.  Have adequate fuel and filters for several days of operations.  Make sure automatic starting systems are ready to go.
  • Make sure there is adequate propane gas on the farm and arrange an earlier than normal delivery if necessary.
  • Check the feed inventory and notify the chicken company if there is reason to believe a delivery will be needed before the next normal delivery.
  • Make sure there is adequate propane gas on the farm and arrange an earlier than normal delivery if necessary.
  • Make sure cell phones are fully charged and have extra charged batteries on hand in case land-line telephone service is lost.
  • Be prepared to keep birds longer than normal in case processing plants are unable to operate.
  • Be sure that all equipment such as tractors and skid loaders are fully fueled.
  • Secure outside objects so they don’t blow and cause damage.
  • Be sure drainage ditches are free of debris and are adequate to move large volumes of melted snow away from the chicken houses.
  • Make plans for larger than normal carcass disposal.  Consider in-house composting if practical.
  • Have cash on hand since some merchants without electricity might not be able to process credit and debit cards.
  • If there is no electricity whatsoever, monitor house conditions more frequently and make adjustments as needed.
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