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first winter with my chickens

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This is the first winter with our chickens. We have had some cold temps near 0 and the 4 girls have been fine. Now on sunday we are supposed to have a low temp of -14, located in northern indiana near chicago. Im going to keep the coop closed up that day. I have between 6 and 8 inches of pine and straw bedding in the coop. My coop is 4ft by 4ft, i keep a light in it but its not a heat lamp. Do i need to add any heat to the coop or will the 4 chickens be fine in the 4x4 space?
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They'll be fine but they need fresh air. They'll still want to come outside.

I sincerely hope you have some big open windows in there.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 12/16/16 at 9:50pm

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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I agree, if you just let them out for a little while to get fresh air it would help them. And to keep them warm at night you should be fine.

Hope this helps and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.😎
The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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