Originally Posted by LittleMissPurdy
they are calling for -15 to -25 with the wind chill on Friday...we are going to have a 20-30 mph wind here, with the temps. being 10* for a high(daytime)..Three days are going to be really bad with the temperatures like this...
should I do more for the birds?...I know they are very cold hardy, but man!!! They have plenty of ventilation...they are pretty protected from the wind-itself...
the coop is surrounded by the wall, 98% of the wind comes from behind..so they are good there. Should I put anything in thee with them? I think maybe some straw..then I think BUGS!..(*.I use sand for litter)
I have feed bags..i think i am going to be putting them on the outside of the coop..maybe where the nest box is...there are "gaps" in the bottom, thinking maybe wrap the feed bags around it? I do plan on leaving the little window open , there is also 2- vents on the other side, we put them in this past fall for extra ventilation. (the pic was taken during the summer, ahhh..warmer days are coming..)...Any ideas from others or do you think they will be okay in this with the temps?
I haven't read through the last three pages of the thread so if this is outdated info I apologize XD Don't have time to finish reading but wanted to just make this note on your question about straw before I am off to chores and work this afternoon,
When we first finished the coop this past summer I was determined to stay away from straw. (I remembered the horrible soup it would turn into with the horses and other livestock we had growing up and did NOT want it anywhere near my chickens in my own yard) So I had been using aspen chips and pine shavings which were working wonderfully. No mess, no smell whatsoever even in the humid heat of the hottest summer weather. Then we went with sand because I got a load for free and was curious about how it would work in the run. I'd heard people sift it with a cat litter scoop and it's really easy to clean. It was great to clean up and I really liked it. Then winter came and it got cold. Someone gave us two bales of straw to use on the run floor of the raised quail pen. Works great for them. So one day I decided to throw a couple of flakes in the chicken coop and down in the run.
BIGGEST MISTAKE I've made since starting to keep my own chickens. D: Oh my God! You would not believe the horrible smell and mess they made out of it in their run. Problem is they dig in the sand which is under the straw. This mixes the straw down into the sand which then leeches the moisture up out of the ground well below the level where the chickens would be affected by it. The straw actually caused my otherwise always bone dry run to become wet and swampy. Which was NOT a good thing in below freezing temps. Took me two days last week to dig the nasty stuff and unfortunately most of my sand which was stuck to it out of the run.
What I'm getting at here is, I'd never EVER again throw straw over the sand in my run. horrible horrible mistake I will not repeat.
All I'm doing for my guys is close the coop door at night (which I don't usually do now that they're grown) and probably take the waters in the house so they don't break with the super cold and expanding ice inside them. The chickens sit up on their roosts all night anyway so stuffing the coop with straw or something else would be pointless IME. They're not going to be snuggled down into it anyway. Unlike the quail who do snuggle into the straw. For them I'll put another couple of flakes in there and fluff it all up.
Edited by Katt66 - 1/2/14 at 4:52am