I mean I've read just about everything here about winterizing and am familiar with the concepts and indeed of keeping chickens (18 years this year) BUT...
After moving to my first properly cold climate I'm finding that......
- My well insulated coop has the same temps inside as outside.
- My deep litter just builds up. I see no sign of composting and/or heat being produced. Sure the 'poo' kind of disappears into it but that's about it (I'm using wood shavings).
- Coop humidity is the same inside and out. Too high sometimes. I measure around 50% in my house, but it can be high 80% outdoors and inside the coop. I have lots of ventilation grills low down and high up to promote crossflow.
AND reasons for asking? I am building coop 2.0 and want to learn from my 'mistakes'. Having said that the chickens seemed happy enough last winter but I'd like to do the best for them if I can.
I'd love to hear if others have experienced the same, or if anyone has any pointers as to why some of these tried and tested techniques are not working too well in my coop 1.0.........
Have a great day :-)
Edited by iananderson - 10/21/15 at 11:53pm