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Keeping my chickens in a big old barn stall, 2 doors leading outside with 3 exterior walls, one internal that joins to an additional stall. No power to the barn and no way to run an extension cord because the dogs will chew it. Any idea on the best way to winterize as it'll be cold before we know it.
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Full grown Chickens generally do well in cold weather. Make sure they have a place off of the ground. Some nest boxes with hay in them.
They should be fine. I loose more chicken in hot weather than I do in cold.

Steven

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 My name is Steven. I have been raising Chickens and other birds for about 2 years now. I will say it is really fun and addictive. I really enjoy incubating eggs and watching them grow into beautiful birds.

 

I am currently looking to buy or trade for some Ancona Chickens if you have some for sale please let me know.

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 My name is Steven. I have been raising Chickens and other birds for about 2 years now. I will say it is really fun and addictive. I really enjoy incubating eggs and watching them grow into beautiful birds.

 

I am currently looking to buy or trade for some Ancona Chickens if you have some for sale please let me know.

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Thank you for the response. They have a large roost and several other places to roost at along with nest boxes, I just didn't know if I needed to be concerned past that.
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I live in SC and winter may go down in the teen or 20s at times. At these temps there fine.

Hello,

 My name is Steven. I have been raising Chickens and other birds for about 2 years now. I will say it is really fun and addictive. I really enjoy incubating eggs and watching them grow into beautiful birds.

 

I am currently looking to buy or trade for some Ancona Chickens if you have some for sale please let me know.

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Hello,

 My name is Steven. I have been raising Chickens and other birds for about 2 years now. I will say it is really fun and addictive. I really enjoy incubating eggs and watching them grow into beautiful birds.

 

I am currently looking to buy or trade for some Ancona Chickens if you have some for sale please let me know.

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post #5 of 7

Hi! A lot depends on where you live. My hens are also in a big ole barn stall. Very drafty for ventilation. My frigid winter temp is at the very worst 28deg F for a couple days.:cool: If you live where it is bitter cold for long periods, there are very specific guidelines. Some breeds are much more cold hearty than others. Have you shouted out on your local threads to ask what your neighbors do? Here's a link to help you find answers specific to your area. Just type in your state. http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

Best of luck! 

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post #6 of 7

If the stall area is drafty, line with straw or hay bales.  They like scratching in them, playing on them and the bales will block wind.  You could open them up and use one as a starter for DLM, too. 

 

Our barn was never heated and the chickens did fine.  When it got really cold - single digits - and wet due to sleet/rain/freezing rain, we shut the barn doors.  Make sure they always have feed and thawed out water - carry hot water out to thaw whatever system you are using - the big black feed tubs for livestock work well as you can dump them over and use a booted foot to knock the ice out of them.  Then refill with the warm water.

 

Other than that, I agree with Mutt Farm to find out what others in your area do.

Larry & Paula Hoffman

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Barnyard chix - 2 PRs, 2 EEs,  1 cuckoo Marans, 2 buff Wyandottes, 5 Bantams, 1 OE,  2 Blue Ameraucanas; 1  roo, 1 blue Ameraucana roo. 12 BrahmaX pullets in a pasture tractor & 9 BrahmaX cockerels, 3 barnyard roos for freezer camp

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Larry & Paula Hoffman

LP Painted Ponys

Cameron, NC

 

Barnyard chix - 2 PRs, 2 EEs,  1 cuckoo Marans, 2 buff Wyandottes, 5 Bantams, 1 OE,  2 Blue Ameraucanas; 1  roo, 1 blue Ameraucana roo. 12 BrahmaX pullets in a pasture tractor & 9 BrahmaX cockerels, 3 barnyard roos for freezer camp

Painted Shetland ponies doing farm work on 21 acres of land.  Some gardening.  Self sufficient?

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I'm in middle TN so we don't exactly have it too cold for too long but the weather loves to flip flop and do whatever the heck it feels like hour to hour. I have a hanging bucket with chicken nipples currently for my water system and I love it but I know it'll freeze. I've considered trying to screw the nipples into a cooler since its insulted and I think it'd stand a better chance of not freezing but I'm concerned that the residual water would freeze in the nipple itself anyway.
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