Thanks for posting great ideas!
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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Just make sure that your coop is draft free, dry, and well ventilated to prevent moisture from building up inside it. Feathers are wonderful insulators and moisture is a much greater danger than cold. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
Edited by Michael OShay - 2/12/16 at 7:29pm
Thanks, I have tried to keep it as draft free and moisture free as possible but its never going to be %100. My ladies are very messy with their water, you would think they were ducks. I did add mylar panels in the coop and in the nesting boxes and its keeping it several degrees warmer in there which seems to be working well in -20 nights. I remove the panels on warmer days though. I actually have a question that I can't seem to find an answer for online, or a clear answer rather. I have 8 sexlink hens they vary from all red to a mix of red and a lot of black. I wanted to get a rooster to keep them in check (very sassy girls) and to fertilize eggs. I'm happy with my hens and i love their colours, what kind of rooster should I get? Since they're hybrids i'm not sure if i should keep an eye out for a similar rooster or a heritage rooster?
You're welcome. I would suggest going with a rooster from one of the cold hardy, good laying breeds that has a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle such as Australorps, Faverolles, Orpingtons, Sussex, or Brahmas as you don't want to breed aggression into your flock. Of course there can always be an exception with any breed. If high egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list so an Australorp rooster would likely breed this laying ability into your flock. Whatever rooster breed you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
Welcome to Backyard chickens. Maybe in warmer weather you can teach you girls to drink from the nipple waterers so there isn't such a mess. I think in winter tho, it would freeze up badly. Does it help if you raise you water container up on brick or something so they can't get their faces in it?