Back yard chickens

Asked September 10, 2020, 3:16 PM EDT

Our current air quality is 346. I have the chickens (2.5 months old) in the backyard and free ranging. I figured they'd be ok there where they can get under bushes/shrubs. We only have a temporary run they've been staying in so it's open air. At what point should I move them inside? Obviously we'd evacuate with them if it gets to that point.

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

With the increased hazardous air quality it is recommended to have them indoors (typically in a coop - you can cover with lightweight material. A box fan with a filter attached can be used at one side to provide some cleaner air if possible. If not possible watch for signs of distress - runny or swollen eyes, reduced laying, etc. Make sure their feed is protected from ash fall and change their water several times a day.