Originally Posted by spryfarm
What are your winters like? Up here in Northwestern Ontario (directly across the border from International Falls, MN) we gets winters with regular temps in the negative teens/twenties/thirties, and lost blogs/coop designs/etc. don't tend to get weather that harsh. Just wondering if this design would be sufficient for our types of winters. Any feedback would be much appreciated! Thanks!
Our winters have changed here in western PA, USA. As you know we regularly get the "Alberta Clippers" when cold air comes swooshing down from Alberta to lower southwest PA before sharply curving and heading north thru Buffalo, NY. The last several years, we have seen a trend of the Clippers bring polar vortexes thru our region in Jan. Down to minus 8 below plus wind chill. In other words, in winter we went from a planting zone 5-8 to a planting zone 3-7. Because it frostbites the single combs on my Sussex, this is a major reason I moved from Sussex ( or any single combed breed) to the White Chanteclers. It does no good for me to try and raise SQ single combed birds when I lose their comb points to the bitter cold we have for a couple of weeks in Jan. each year. From what I have read this is a trend which will continue for the next 10 to 30 years ( supported by scientific studies).
The Chanties are made for this bitter weather and I think a Woods house will be perfect for them. Glad to see this thread. From what I have read so far,Brother Wilfrid did not use roosts for his Chanties when creating the breed so I am relieved to see I don't need to mess with them either. Am looking forward to getting my birds this summer. The only downside ( if one can call it that, I don't) is providing them with a shallow pool with blocks of ice during the summer for them to cool off their feet. The yard is all shaded anyway. I would much rather do that them pay to heat coops and worry over single combs.