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blizzard conditions, was leaking some snow into the coup. now I got some wet birds in the cold and im worried to take them in to avoid frostbite or maybe towel them down or something? The problem with the snow getting in is fixed but dont know if anything else I can do. 

 

They probably still have some snow on their back now and have probably been getting it for almost 30 hrs now :(  it all makes sense now. earlier today I shoveled out all this area out for them to hang out. I end up seeing two out side that were dazed and looked stunned. One had an icicle just under comb. I took them inside (I can usually never catch them) and warmed them up for a couple minutes each and then put them back in coup and shut the door (blaming them and me for letting them out). Still, there was some snow getting into the coup so I stuffed some old long underwear in the crack on the roof and nailed it in. Checked on them later, still snow! stuffed gaps in eaves with plastic bags, and noticed the gap in siding! The wind was carrying snow up into the coup on my poor birds all along. Totally bummed I let them down. 

 

5 marsh daisies one in particular had icicle all 1 yr old

5 guinea hens 16 weeks

4 red stars 1 yr old

7 jersey giant mash daisy hybrids 12 weeks old

1 bantam mill fleur rooster

 

Should I have even brought them inside? Did I merely thaw the snow on them making them wet? The one MD I'm worried about did seem to have warmth on her breast when I brushed snow off her back but she felt kinda wet in spots, and icy in others now that I think about it :( ugh!

post #2 of 8
At this point I would just leave them alone, they will hunker down and be okay, a bit of frostbite on the combs isn't that terrible. After the storm passes I would take some time to address any coop issues, they are okay with ventilation but not drafts, a bit of snow won't bother them unless it's piling on them.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

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Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 8
I brought mine in. I was too worried about the coop being buried. They in a hallway in my basement that I walled off with a sheet. Here they are on an improvised roost. I'm sure yours will be fine.

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I even got an egg

Edited by BY Bob - 1/23/16 at 8:39pm
post #5 of 8
Oh my goodness BY Bob, that's awesome! Great improvising! Those are some lucky chickens!

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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Thanks BY Bob, I checked on them this morning and theyre all fine... it helped that the snow stopped at midnight, only a few hours after I finally figured out how to fix the situation!  I sprinkled some hay down on inside the coup, too. 

 

I really like that ladder idea. Gotta use that in the future. Thanks!

post #7 of 8
My leghorn Daisy ended up with Patsy's poo on her tail but otherwise the ladder worked good. I'm glad to hear yours are fine. That was some storm.
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Hey everyone new to this site got a ton of snow here in nj. I covered my coop in tarps to keep the snow out worked well when I uncovered today I noticed they sides of their faces are white which used to be red! I'm a new chicken owner just wondering what this could be and how to help them!
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