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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by sallyberns View Post
 

Will the chickens get to cold with the big openings covered in hardware cloth.  I was worrying about it getting to cold with all the cold air that could get in.


No, they won't get cold unless you have breeds developed for heat. They go to bed wearing their down coat.

I have big openings on both the east and west wall of my buildings at roost height. I've lost birds to heat but never to cold.

 

 

 

 

 

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post #12 of 14
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Thank you for all of your input and this really helps. I was so afraid that they would get to cold and freeze.  I heard that people put vasoline on their cones to keep them from getting frost bite. Should I do this.  Thanks 

 

Sally

post #13 of 14

Where are you located and do you have big combed breeds. I've never had frostbite on hens, even those with big combs like anconas and leghorns. It has gotten as low as minus 19F here. The roosters do suffer some though. That's another reason ventilation is important. Between feces, respiration and possible water spills, humidity can get quite high. Humidity is the biggest concern with frostbite. Try a hygrometer in your coop and compare that with ambient humidity. If the coop humidity is much higher, you don't have enough ventilation. As you can see in the pictures, the prevailing wind blows right through the coop.

I've been told the Vaseline thing too but I've never tried it. I may do one or two roosters this year and compare results to roosters in similar buildings.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #14 of 14
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I live in Indiana. Some winters are worse than others here.  I think I am going to put the vasoline on all of mine. I sure would hate it if one of them got frost bite. We put some windows and some openings with the wire over them for air.   

 

Thanks for all of your help.

Sally

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