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Outside temp for chickens

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We are new to raising chickens.  I live in Texas, we are concerned about the outside temp in the winter and what is too cold for chickens?

Do we need a heating system or not?  Or just good protection for them?

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Pondereggs

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Live in north Central Pennsylvania, last year we had -28 below, I have no heat in the coop. As long as you keep them out of drafts they will be fine, thats why they have feathers.

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Do we need a heating system or not?  Or just good protection for them?

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Pondereggs


No.  We get down to 20 below inside the coop and have no heat.  Just keep them dry.

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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post #4 of 8

I also do not heat and it gets to 20 below here.

I cannot imagine Texas ever sees a temperature that would require heat for adult chickens.

-Laura
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Live in NC.  No heat in our coop.  Ventilation was my biggest concern when building it.

Happily owned by 7 fluffy butt girls: 1 BO, 3 BA, and 3 Cochins.  Also have 11 hermit crabs, 2 giant african millipedes, a ball python, and a wonderful irish wheaten terrier!  2 awesome boys who love them all!

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Happily owned by 7 fluffy butt girls: 1 BO, 3 BA, and 3 Cochins.  Also have 11 hermit crabs, 2 giant african millipedes, a ball python, and a wonderful irish wheaten terrier!  2 awesome boys who love them all!

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post #6 of 8

The lowest it got here last winter was 4 degrees Fahrenheit.  That's downright tropical compared to some of the others that have posted.  I don't add heat either but I provide draft protection and give them good ventilation.  These two articles might be good reading for you in helping you provide the proper protection.  We may not heat but we all provide protection.

Good luck!

Pats Big Ol' Ventilation Page
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-VENTILATION

Pats
Cold Coop (winter design) page:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-winter-coop-temperatures

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Then there are those of us who live in the desert SouthWest... and have to put AC and evap units in our coops.  My chickens are LOVING the run now.

Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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post #8 of 8

Please remember to provide fresh, unfrozen water throughout the winter.  Your chickens won't freeze, but their water may. sad

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