Originally Posted by RAnst4038
There CHICKENS not human children! If humans can survive in a nylon tent on Everest chickens with some Vaseline rubbed on there comb will be fine.
If it gets down to -20 put a safe cube heater in the tent.
You are absolutely right. A FEW select, properly trained humans can survive on Mt. Everest....I sure couldn't and I don't know anyone else who could either. I'm not sure how well you'd fare if you were taken from your familiar shelter and dropped off up there. I suppose a select few chickens could do well out in the open with no protection after the stress of having a tree fall on them, too. But the OP isn't worried about some select few - she's worried about her 10, none of which were gradually acclimated to winter's cold, wind, and snow. This change for them is very abrupt, and if I was the OP I'd be looking for fast solutions before the next storms hit too. I'm not sure what you'd have her do - leave them running around all over the place trying desperately to survive?
Of course chickens aren't human babies. Nobody knows that better than I, since I raise my chicks outside in a run without the benefit of a heat lamp even in the teens and twenties. I'm not trying to be argumentative....I did agree that your idea made a lot of sense as emergency summer housing. But just because chickens aren't human doesn't mean they don't have to be well managed and cared for properly. Can't we help her and her birds in the spirit of BYC assistance rather than discussing the evolution of chickens? i think we can.
Edited to add: With all due respect, regarding your first response, I just don't see a tent and bird netting providing much predator protection - especially with the kinds of predators our OP would see during the winter in Maine.
Edited by Blooie - 1/11/16 at 11:33am