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hello,

how do I keep my chickies warm this winter?

my australorp roo is already shaky from the cold. literally. his shaking is visible. (whereas, my polish and just fine in the winter.)

i was wondering how to keep them warm? (i let them free range)

also, i may start an article on this after i learn about it to pass the info along, and i need to learn about it and have ways of keeping warm listed there.

if you help, and i do make a article, i will not forget to mention you helped in the article! (no pressure)

thanks for any reply of suggestions!

~Marie

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post #2 of 15

These links may be a good starting point

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-chicken-keeping

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-coop-temperatures

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post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Chickensfan View Post

hello,
how do I keep my chickies warm this winter?
my australorp roo is already shaky from the cold. literally. his shaking is visible. (whereas, my polish and just fine in the winter.)
i was wondering how to keep them warm? (i let them free range)
also, i may start an article on this after i learn about it to pass the info along, and i need to learn about it and have ways of keeping warm listed there.
if you help, and i do make a article, i will not forget to mention you helped in the article! (no pressure)
thanks for any reply of suggestions!
~Marie

What temperatures are your birds experiencing now and how cold is it expected to get? Show a current picture of him, ideally when he is shivering as that can give us an idea as to what he is doing with feather arrangement to manage heat. How meaty does he feel along the breastbone?

Chickens seldom shiver and when they do it is more often that not a serious indicator something beyond simply being cold is as play.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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post #4 of 15
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These links may be a good starting point

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-chicken-keeping

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-coop-temperatures

 

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What temperatures are your birds experiencing now and how cold is it expected to get? Show a current picture of him, ideally when he is shivering as that can give us an idea as to what he is doing with feather arrangement to manage heat. How meaty does he feel along the breastbone?

Chickens seldom shiver and when they do it is more often that not a serious indicator something beyond simply being cold is as play.

thank you both! i will show photos as soon as possible. he is very meaty everywhere.

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post #5 of 15

so long as they can get out of the wind mine are OK... this morning it was 2f and windchill of -17f... most stayed in until noon except for quick trips to see if it had gotten any better,.. the bunch hatched in Sept stayed out all day so far.

They are in a 8x24'  hoop coop with clear tarps, plenty of ventilation, no insulation and no heat. There do have a couple huddle boxes that the molting hens are using.

Hens: 4 Black Jersey giants,  2 BR, 2 ISA ,  ...1 mix roo  ... labor day chicks 3 BJG mix (1 pullet), 1 BO mix pullet .. . Halloween chicks: 2  barred rock mix (1 pullet) and 4 cornish cross mix (1 pullet).... 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 ...

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Hens: 4 Black Jersey giants,  2 BR, 2 ISA ,  ...1 mix roo  ... labor day chicks 3 BJG mix (1 pullet), 1 BO mix pullet .. . Halloween chicks: 2  barred rock mix (1 pullet) and 4 cornish cross mix (1 pullet).... 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 ...

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so long as they can get out of the wind mine are OK... this morning it was 2f and windchill of -17f... most stayed in until noon except for quick trips to see if it had gotten any better,.. the bunch hatched in Sept stayed out all day so far.

They are in a 8x24'  hoop coop with clear tarps, plenty of ventilation, no insulation and no heat. There do have a couple huddle boxes that the molting hens are using.

good coop!

any pics?

i will share photos soon. i was wondering though, you goys wanted photos of him while he was shaking. i cant show the shaking in the photo though!

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post #7 of 15
I want to see how feathers are being held.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Chickensfan View Post
 

hello,

how do I keep my chickies warm this winter?

my australorp roo is already shaky from the cold. literally. his shaking is visible. (whereas, my polish and just fine in the winter.)

i was wondering how to keep them warm? (i let them free range)

also, i may start an article on this after i learn about it to pass the info along, and i need to learn about it and have ways of keeping warm listed there.

if you help, and i do make a article, i will not forget to mention you helped in the article! (no pressure)

thanks for any reply of suggestions!

~Marie

Your in Ca and your rooster is cold?  Are you sure its not something else?

 

Gary from Idyllwild Ca here

Coop is DONE!!  well the outside...

 

here it is   http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160673/must-finish-coop-done

 

Gary from Idyllwild Ca here

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Coop is DONE!!  well the outside...

 

here it is   http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160673/must-finish-coop-done

 

Gary from Idyllwild Ca here

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post #9 of 15
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I want to see how feathers are being held.

ok. sorry, i am having trouble getting the photos. he hates cameras. i have some old pics of him from about 2-3 months ago...would they work?

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Your in Ca and your rooster is cold?  Are you sure its not something else?

 

Gary from Idyllwild Ca here

yes. i am near the coast. i don't think there is anything else wrong with him. 

i mean...there are a few things...

for instance, his heart beats crazy fast, a hen keeps pecking feathers from his neck (his neck is bald) , and spots of blood sometimes appear on his comb. (rarely.)

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post #10 of 15
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  here are the old photos of him...

 

 

 

(before his neck was bald!)

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