Originally Posted by aplynn
ok so it is like -18*f outside right now, I think I am gonna make the decision to not let my flock out of the coop today. they have a LOT of room in there if I open the inside door. But , this bitter cold is with a nasty wind chill and I fear they will not be smart enough to go in in they get too cold. NOW, I feel so guilty not letting them out, has anyone else just said not a good idea today with your flock?
We haven't had the brutal cold this year that we had last year. I haven't kept them in this winter, but last winter, there were a couple of different weather systems that had below 0F temps for a few days in a row. I did keep mine in then. It was suppose to get to -4 F last night but it stayed at 0F and this morning it was 7F by 8:30. My big coop door opens to the east. On the north side of the big door, I have a low structure/run that has a pop-door from the coop on the west, a solid wall on the north, solid wall on the east and hardware cloth all on the south with a door. It is a sunny, albeit very cold, day and they will congregate along the east wall, blocked by the wind on the north by the low structure/run, and "sunbathe". When snow is on the ground, they don't venture far from the coop.
Best pics I could find, taken last year since I don't have any from this year:
east side of coop (which is 12' x 28',divided into sections, at the end of a 28' x 45' building) on the left. Low structure/run shows the south side w/ door partly open. On the ground are 4' x 6' rubber stall mats...easy to shovel off in the winter and spray off with the hose in the summer.
Main coop big door from the east side. Low structure/run on right. If it is really windy, I will leave the big door shut and only open the pop-door into the low structure/run and prop the pop open (see pic below) so that the flock has access to the outside but the coop stays warmer.
Edited by NotAFarm - 2/13/16 at 8:10am