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Does anyone heat their coops? Im worried about the girls in this frigid cold. this is my first year with chickens

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Does anyone heat their coops? Im worried about the girls in this frigid cold. this is my first year with chickens

Just protect them from the wind and they should be fine. I put plastic and tarps around my run to protect them. The only time I have ever added any supplemental heat was when it was -12 out and I just added 1 heat lamp to the coop to help a little. It only warmed it a little bit but that was my first year with them and honestly, I don't think they even needed it.
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Turkeys:Bourbon red/buff, red bronze, royal palm, mottled black, and any color in between!

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GM all:

Quite chilly out there...chooks are staying inside so far....and so am I.....


Same here, birds are staying in either the coop or enclosed portions of the runs, only 9° here....
We have to go out though, one of my Brother-in-Laws passed away and we will be spending today and tomorrow at the funeral home sad.png


So sorry for your loss. hugs.gif. It's such a terrible time of the year to lose someone.
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Does anyone heat their coops? Im worried about the girls in this frigid cold. this is my first year with chickens

Just protect them from the wind and they should be fine. I put plastic and tarps around my run to protect them. The only time I have ever added any supplemental heat was when it was -12 out and I just added 1 heat lamp to the coop to help a little. It only warmed it a little bit but that was my first year with them and honestly, I don't think they even needed it.

X2! I know it will be very chilly tonight, but my coop is much better now that it's insulated!

I think I lost a chicken. When I just came home, some of my chooks were outside the chicken door, laying on the ramp. roll.png There was a turkey with them too and the Tom turkey was underneath the ramp. When I got everyone inside, I found I was missing a CCL. sad.png. She could have gotten snatched earlier, but I can't imagine even if she was alive that she would make it through the night. I wonder if something spooked them at dusk, or if the door closed earlier than usual. I have it set for the light settings, not at a scheduled time.

On the plus side, I think I may have gotten my first turkey egg. @dheltzel, what do you think? It's much bigger than my other girls have been laying. Unfortunately, it froze a bit and cracked.

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Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. -Henry Ford
Owner of one Pitbull mix dog, one Red Lored Amazon, one Timneh African Grey, one Eclectus parrot, and one very tolerant husband. Starting over with a new flock. So far, some Olive Eggers, Cream Legbars, Blue Egg Laying Black Sex Links, California Grays, Wellbars, White Turkeys and other assorted chickies.
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So sorry for your loss. hugs.gif. It's such a terrible time of the year to lose someone.
X2! I know it will be very chilly tonight, but my coop is much better now that it's insulated!

I think I lost a chicken. When I just came home, some of my chooks were outside the chicken door, laying on the ramp. roll.png There was a turkey with them too and the Tom turkey was underneath the ramp. When I got everyone inside, I found I was missing a CCL. sad.png. She could have gotten snatched earlier, but I can't imagine even if she was alive that she would make it through the night. I wonder if something spooked them at dusk, or if the door closed earlier than usual. I have it set for the light settings, not at a scheduled time.

On the plus side, I think I may have gotten my first turkey egg. @dheltzel, what do you think? It's much bigger than my other girls have been laying. Unfortunately, it froze a bit and cracked.


Yup, looks like a Midget White turkey egg.

Sorry about the Legbar. If she is out there and finds a protected area, she might very well show up tomorrow :fl

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Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

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Right now I have 5 hens sleeping in nesting boxes and another on the floor? Is this because it's too cold?! I can turn the heat lamp on!! The ones on the roosts are more hunkered down then usual which is to be expected. Just weird that hens that are usually on the roost are in boxes. I've had a few in the boxes lately but not 5!!!
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Thank you for the offer but thankfully he lived local to us so we are ok for animal care. hugs.gif

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So sorry for your loss. hugs.gif. It's such a terrible time of the year to lose someone.
X2! I know it will be very chilly tonight, but my coop is much better now that it's insulated!

I think I lost a chicken. When I just came home, some of my chooks were outside the chicken door, laying on the ramp. roll.png There was a turkey with them too and the Tom turkey was underneath the ramp. When I got everyone inside, I found I was missing a CCL. sad.png. She could have gotten snatched earlier, but I can't imagine even if she was alive that she would make it through the night. I wonder if something spooked them at dusk, or if the door closed earlier than usual. I have it set for the light settings, not at a scheduled time.

On the plus side, I think I may have gotten my first turkey egg. @dheltzel, what do you think? It's much bigger than my other girls have been laying. Unfortunately, it froze a bit and cracked.

Thank you for the condolences, this time of year does seem to amplify the loss, which is never easy to begin with...DH's family seems really bad for this. In the last 3 years we lost my mother in law and a brother in law on Thanksgiving weeks and his nephew the week before Christmas last year.

I do hope the CCL shows up tomorrow in the daylight! fl.gif
Edited by fisherlady - 12/15/16 at 8:11pm
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Right now I have 5 hens sleeping in nesting boxes and another on the floor? Is this because it's too cold?! I can turn the heat lamp on!! The ones on the roosts are more hunkered down then usual which is to be expected. Just weird that hens that are usually on the roost are in boxes. I've had a few in the boxes lately but not 5!!!

We have 2 who opted for boxes tonight also, the extreme cold can cause this and I wouldn't worry too much unless they decide to make it a regular habit.
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I was thinking lately about the tiny cardinals and woodpeckers that frequent my woods. If they can brave the cold, our big babies should be fine. And the majority of those birds don't even have a sheltered coop with shavings. Just my opinion.
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Anyone who has or who ever has had a horse, what do they cost roughly to keep? And how much space to they need, stable wise.
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Turkeys:Bourbon red/buff, red bronze, royal palm, mottled black, and any color in between!

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I also make hen saddles, PM me for details!

www.onemountainacres.weebly.com
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Cream Crested Legbars, bearded silkies, Welbars, lavender ameraucanas, Ayam Cemani

Turkeys:Bourbon red/buff, red bronze, royal palm, mottled black, and any color in between!

Muscovy Ducks

I also make hen saddles, PM me for details!

www.onemountainacres.weebly.com
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Anyone who has or who ever has had a horse, what do they cost roughly to keep? And how much space to they need, stable wise.


Sorry I'm of no help with that but I hope the kids enjoy there new horse :gig

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The voices in my head are fighting again.

 

My imaginary friend is running with scissors, and one of my personalities wandered off.

 

I don't like to think before I speak. I like to be just as surprised as everyone else about what comes out my mouth.

 

Sometimes even I am afraid of the things my mind comes up with.


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