Edited by 3riverschick - 11/28/15 at 9:15pm
Originally Posted by jennmoore
This will be my first winter with my chickens. I have 2 rhode island Reds and a buff orphington. They have a coop and lay their eggs in their boxes but when it rains and now that it is getting in the 30's at night, they are still sleeping outside in their outside area....even in the cold rain. Is this normal?
They should have a dry, comfy coop. put some kind of lighting in the coop and start putting them to bed and locking them in every evening. They will get the idea. I have used a solar light fro Lowes. I s mount it outside so it shines in the window. A Portofino light about 17.98 at Lowes. I have found birds like to go to a light. This light shines in the window and gives them enough light so they can see each other.
There is a mouse or 2 that I have notice eating their food and I can't catch them with traps...they are too smart. The chickens wouldn't be afraid of that, would they??
If they can catch the mouse, they will kill it, LOL.
Just wondering how cold is too cold for them? colder than 32 degrees. They should be indoors if it is colder than that.
I'm wanting to be prepared for when the real winter hits. I'm in Texas so we don't get crazy cold, but we do get in the 20's and sometimes teens at night.