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post #11 of 16
I wil let you know if mine ever go out too. Usually by now I see chickens in the goat yard scratching around. This year everyone is staying inside mostly, with a few just stepping out of the doorway for short times. Now we have also gotten really cold as well as the snow. Expecting -35 wind chills in the next few days. I think I would stay inside too.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, bunnies, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, bunnies, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

Why can't my days always be Sunnyside up?

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #12 of 16
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@oldhenlikesdogs. Yikes....that is cold! I thought our low of 0 was cold! Still no brave chickens today ventured out...Lol! Our rooster is pretty upset. He went after my husband when he went to close the coop up. Hopefully they will go out soon. They poke their heads out but that is it. 🤔
post #13 of 16

We got a big dumping of snow too. I live in Mn. 10 inches in 24 hours. My little flock of Silkies were just born this spring. They have no idea what is lurking outside the barn door. Lol. Poor little darlings. They are in for the winter. Unless I can get someone to shovel out a big area of my backyard. But I just don't trust the girls not getting into trouble. If they get startled by something, they could end up in the deep snow and not beable to get out. I am in no shape go chicken searching in all that snow. 

post #14 of 16
My bantam cochins will seldom leave their coop in winter. Hopefully you have a bigger coop so they don't become bored and start pecking each other which can happen when winters are long.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, bunnies, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

Why can't my days always be Sunnyside up?

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, bunnies, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

Why can't my days always be Sunnyside up?

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #15 of 16

my chicks stick there head out of the coop, if it's windy they think about going out, but my husband set a spot for them to hide from the winds, and this morning I thought it was too windy for them to stay outside so I put them in back in there coop, and even though it was not easy, I know their happier being in from the wind. how do you get chickens back in the coop? I gave them a snack! 

I'm a mother of 3 wonderful children, but every mom says that. I'm a grandmother to two beautiful girls. and a wife to a loving husband. I have 3 dogs that I love as much as my children and now I'm a chicken MOM, and love my girls. Raising chickens is fun, and so far I'm doing a great job. 
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I'm a mother of 3 wonderful children, but every mom says that. I'm a grandmother to two beautiful girls. and a wife to a loving husband. I have 3 dogs that I love as much as my children and now I'm a chicken MOM, and love my girls. Raising chickens is fun, and so far I'm doing a great job. 
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post #16 of 16


I don’t get a lot of snow here. Usually if mine wake up to a new white world they stay inside for a day or two, but if the snow lasts longer than that a few will go outside in it, usually to forage on the dead grass or maybe weeds sticking out of the top. One winter I had chickens wade through 9” of snow to get to the compost heap, which was covered with 9” of snow. They never got anything from it, but the tracks were really easy to read. Some were even out foraging at stuff sticking up through that 9” snow. Some never went out in it.

In the photo above about 1” of snow fell during the day when they were already out. Since the change was gradual enough, they never bothered to go in. Chickens don’t like change and waking up to a white world is a change.

I think a big part of it is food. If they can forage for food they are a lot more likely to eventually go out that if there is nothing for them to eat. Even then, it usually tales mine two or three days to venture out.

The photo below was also taken many years ago. I always leave the pop door open and let them decide what they want to do. It was +4 degrees Fahrenheit when I took that photo. If a cold wind is blowing mine are not going to be out in it. If they are not in the wind mine usually go out. I have a corner where a solid gate meets the coop, creating a place normally out of the wind. I often see them in that area.



I find that some flocks are bolder than others. Some individual chickens are more adventurous than others. My flock dynamics change in some respects each year as I rotate new chickens in and old chickens out.

Do as you will with yours. I don’t heat my coop, it seldom gets much below zero Fahrenheit here anyway, I know many people have colder weather. And the only time I didn’t open the pop door was after an ice storm where I couldn’t get it opened anyway. I’m not trying to tell anyone what to do with theirs, just mentioning (and showing photos) of what I do with mine.

This too shall pass.  It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

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This too shall pass.  It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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