Originally Posted by stake
I resisted responding hoping for an authoritarian response...my understandings are: to find if your breeds are winter hardy...next is to provide areas for the birds to perch off the ground....if its wet or frozen....LisaY is saving leaves to add to the pen if there's snow..(a good idea)...imho if your coop is full the birds will generate alot of BTUs...
Next is I have a bunch of 3wk old chicks...they get warmed by mama a few times a day but they are a lot tougher than you'd think...net sum is that birds would probably survive without me taking care of them....my two cents..
Yeah their coop is off the ground, I try to clean the poop out every couple days to make sure it stays dry in there. My coop is full, I have 8 birds and a 5 by 4.5 foot coop. It usually stays a couple degrees warmer in the coop then outside. My chickies have been cuddling together besides my silkie and sultan hen. They are the odd balls of the group. I cant get my Silkie hen to roost and sometimes Sultan will other times not. Sometimes my swedens will join them and not roost either....silly girls! I filled their run with leaves this weekend and I asked the guy that lives next to me if I could steal his leaves outta his yard he was happy to let me! (we have one tree that is not a evergreen! He has HUGE HUGE Maples!!) So i plan on bagging some of them up this weekend and storing for the winter. The girls loved it having them in their run, it was like kids on christmas morning ripping and digging through them. They were flying everywhere!
Chewie (sultan) and Puffball (silkie) Snuggled into their leave piles!
And Storm! Momma is getting bigger!!!
My little Chubby Momma!
We will be 6 weeks on Monday she goes to the vet to Tuesday for another health check up and to see how many pups we should be expecting and if everything is healthy and growing right !