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snow and sleet in April?! So frustrated!

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It's April in Wisconsin and I should have known better than to think the snow was behind us... but I was so happy to open the windows in my chicken coop and to welcome my first broody hens. Well, now I've got two mamas with babies in the coop and two mamas in an uninsulated broody box in the run, all of whom eagerly want to bring their babies out again today in the sleet and I am freaking out. I also have big chickens who can't hang in the coop all day but who will be soaked when they do come in and I took their heating lamps down. ARGH! This is more of a vent than anything, but I keep telling myself that chickens have lived successfully for many years without heroic measures of human intervention... right?

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Originally Posted by TeamChaos 

It's April in Wisconsin and I should have known better than to think the snow was behind us... but I was so happy to open the windows in my chicken coop and to welcome my first broody hens. Well, now I've got two mamas with babies in the coop and two mamas in an uninsulated broody box in the run, all of whom eagerly want to bring their babies out again today in the sleet and I am freaking out. I also have big chickens who can't hang in the coop all day but who will be soaked when they do come in and I took their heating lamps down. ARGH! This is more of a vent than anything, but I keep telling myself that chickens have lived successfully for many years without heroic measures of human intervention... right?


Right! We are getting the same thing here in Michigan barnie  somad  I had a broody with babies this time last year and they did fine. I do not heat my coop or anything.

My coop  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386902/we-gave-the-chickens-our-bedroom-pic-heavy

 

"Friends, I will remember you, think of you & pray for you, & when another day is through, I will still be friends with you"--John Denver

 

 

I chickened out   

 

 


 

 

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My coop  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386902/we-gave-the-chickens-our-bedroom-pic-heavy

 

"Friends, I will remember you, think of you & pray for you, & when another day is through, I will still be friends with you"--John Denver

 

 

I chickened out   

 

 


 

 

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Yall hang in there...nice weather will come your way soon!  We are already getting 90-92 degree temps. I'm afraid it's going to be another record breaking hot summer for us and high electric bills:(


     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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post #4 of 17

High electric bills!! Yipes.  Think of all the chicks you could buy instead for the price of one bill.

Gig 'em Aggies!  Whoop!

If you forgive the fox for stealing your chickens, he will take your sheep.~ Georgian Proverb
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Gig 'em Aggies!  Whoop!

If you forgive the fox for stealing your chickens, he will take your sheep.~ Georgian Proverb
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post #5 of 17

Newaygo Michigan
your like a hour from me!

Weather  here is ICK too but ours havent gone out yet, thank goodness. Im too much of a momma hen, I would end up dragging my babies back into the house.  Anyone ever litter box train a chicken?

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10 cats, 6 chicks, 20 fish, 1 hamster, and two children
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Well, everyone lived! We made a "solar house" for the ladies in the broody box to have their chicks out in and the mamas in the coop spent the day ranging indoors with their little ones. But man, I am SO READY to be done with snow. Ugh.

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oh good, glad to hear everyone is ok.

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10 cats, 6 chicks, 20 fish, 1 hamster, and two children
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Newaygo Michigan
your like a hour from me!

Weather  here is ICK too but ours havent gone out yet, thank goodness. Im too much of a momma hen, I would end up dragging my babies back into the house.  Anyone ever litter box train a chicken?


Well, frow Hello neighbor! Check out the link in my siggy about the upcoming Michigan chickenstock.
I have 34 babies in the basement. 15 of them are four weeks old and they are starting to get a bit noisy. Maybe it will warm up enough this weekend to move them out to the coop idunno

My coop  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386902/we-gave-the-chickens-our-bedroom-pic-heavy

 

"Friends, I will remember you, think of you & pray for you, & when another day is through, I will still be friends with you"--John Denver

 

 

I chickened out   

 

 


 

 

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My coop  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386902/we-gave-the-chickens-our-bedroom-pic-heavy

 

"Friends, I will remember you, think of you & pray for you, & when another day is through, I will still be friends with you"--John Denver

 

 

I chickened out   

 

 


 

 

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Originally Posted by TeamChaos 

Well, everyone lived! We made a "solar house" for the ladies in the broody box to have their chicks out in and the mamas in the coop spent the day ranging indoors with their little ones. But man, I am SO READY to be done with snow. Ugh.


You & me both! I just hope the weathermen aren't wrong about it being 60 by Tuesday.
Where about in WI are you, if I may ask?
So happy to hear everyone is doing good. That was some ugly weather the past 2 days!

A wonderful DH who spoils me rotten, 4 cats, 2 doves, a golden Seabright hen and roo, Dominiques, buff, lavender, black, gold-laced & chocolate orps, and some barnyard mixes.
 

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A wonderful DH who spoils me rotten, 4 cats, 2 doves, a golden Seabright hen and roo, Dominiques, buff, lavender, black, gold-laced & chocolate orps, and some barnyard mixes.
 

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At least it'll be nice by the weekend.  big_smile

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