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hens too cold and windy to come out for food and water

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We recently moved and are using the eglu cube for the winter. I have 4 hens. Barred rock, buff Orpington and two wyandottes. There is no way to put food and water in the cube and it's been so cold and windy that the girls are reluctant to come out to their tiny attached run.
I'm worried that all this stress will harm them. Any suggestions from other cube owners who live in a cold climate. It's 5 below and windy this morning.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. The eglu seemed like a perfect solution for the winter but I'm afraid it might not work. I'm not handy at all
post #2 of 8

Could you protect your run with plastic sheeting / even feed bags? It may encourage them to venture outside maybe :idunno

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post #3 of 8

Yeah.....Construction grade vapour barrier or even a Tarp will work......Totally secure it so it does not flap and scare the birds.......

 

 

 

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post #4 of 8
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Yes. We're pretty tarped up. I'm wondering what the issues are for eglu cube owners. I've read tons of reviews and everyone seems to love them. They haven't come out today. It's 10:22 and 4 degrees. Their food and water are outside the cube. Thanks for your comment. I'm a worrisome chicken owner.
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Yes. We're pretty tarped up. I'm wondering what the issues are for eglu cube owners. I've read tons of reviews and everyone seems to love them. They haven't come out today. It's 10:22 and 4 degrees. Their food and water are outside the cube. Thanks for your comment. I'm a worrisome chicken owner.

Put straw down in the run.......

 

 

Not sure what else you can do?

 

 

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post #6 of 8
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I'll try that! Thanks.
post #7 of 8

Mine are loving their straw: I put a flake or two in yesterday and they got busy! More flakes today!

post #8 of 8
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They do seem happier with the straw. Stil working on making the eglu run more user friendly.
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