We are in our first year of keeping chickens and with winter around the corner we wondered how they cope with snow? Kelly Bradley, Stevenage

Andy Cawthray says: Chickens can struggle with snow any deeper than 5cms. They will often remain within the coop rather than venture outdoors; they will however need to drink at some point. Rather than putting the drinker indoors for them (where they will invariably knock it over), place it just outside the door having first cleared the snow. Encourage the birds out on to the cleared ground with some scratch feed.

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