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Will broilers withstand freezing temps?

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My cornish crosses have two weeks left, but we're supposed to get below freeing this weekend.  They're in a low tractor with solid roof, but wire sides.  Will they make it, or should I butcher them early?  Please respond if you have experience keeping them outdoors in low temps...  Thanks

post #2 of 5

By two weeks left, I'm assuming they are 5 weeks old. If that's the case, they'll be fine.

Just give them some clean bedding and block off the side that faces the prevailing wind.

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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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I usually go to eight weeks :)

They're 6 weeks old.  And no bedding in a tractor, they're just on the ground and get moved each day.  Still okay?


Edited by btjnark - 10/13/15 at 1:18pm
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I think they're still OK. CornishX feather out poorly but they'll keep each other warm, especially at 6 weeks.

Just block the wind.

 

I had 4 week old freedom rangers moved out to a grow out pen and the open opening was on the south side. A strange storm blew in overnight from the south and blew the roof off so they got rained on. It was really cold and they all survived.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 10/13/15 at 2:50pm

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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Thank you :)

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