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Overwinter my chickens in garage?

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We live in South Central WI and had what I hope is not too bizarre a thought. Has anyone ever moved their chickens to the garage, say for January/February? We have a 2 car and only need half for the car & I have spare 2x3's for framing an area. Or... is it too disruptive for them? Thanks & sorry if this is too whacky... I'm a complete newbie.
post #2 of 4

who many chickens do you have?

 

does your garage have vents on the side ?

 

i would worry about smell and also the exhaust from the car

 

 

 

 

What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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chickens are sensitive to fumes

chickens are in unheated coops in Alaska and Canada

ventilation is needed in the winter more than heat .. the ammonia hurts their respiratory system and moisture causes frost bite http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-coop-ventilation-go-out-there-and-cut-more-holes-in-your-coop

Hens: 4 Black Jersey giants, 3 BO,  2 BR, 1CX, ...1 mix roo  ... labor day chicks 5 BJG mix, 1 BO mix .. . Halloween chicks: 2  barred rock mix and 4 cornish cross mix.... Turkeys: 1 BBB hen ,  4 Narragansett jakes  Yummy.....

1 dog 2 cats

If the hen defends her chicks beneath her wings; how much more shalt thou be safe beneath the wings of God ...Psalm XCI 

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Hens: 4 Black Jersey giants, 3 BO,  2 BR, 1CX, ...1 mix roo  ... labor day chicks 5 BJG mix, 1 BO mix .. . Halloween chicks: 2  barred rock mix and 4 cornish cross mix.... Turkeys: 1 BBB hen ,  4 Narragansett jakes  Yummy.....

1 dog 2 cats

If the hen defends her chicks beneath her wings; how much more shalt thou be safe beneath the wings of God ...Psalm XCI 

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Is it possible?  Sure.  I've stuck a couple of my seramas out in the garage, and I know many who will bring (outdoor) pet rabbits into the garage for the winter.

 

But I'd think it'd be a logistical nightmare if you had more than 2-3 birds.  And you couldn't leave a car running (just driving in and shutting off the engine is no big deal - but letting a car warm up in a closed garage for ten minutes would probably put off a lot of fumes)...

 

In a two car garage, I personally wouldn't worry too much about ammonia build-up with just a couple of birds...assuming you keep things fairly clean, and I don't see you attempting DLM in a garage...lol!

 

I do baby my birds a bit, so I'm not going to say "don't do this or that" when it comes to worrying about making chickens more comfortable.  But the fact of the matter is that in a draft free coop, with good food and liquid water available, healthy birds (at least winter hardy breeds) can deal with cold weather fairly well...  Plug in dog water bowls are a cheap, simple way to keep water unfrozen.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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