So so sorry for your loss.Especially after all your hard work! Hugs
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I live in rural Colorado, have seen it get to -30*F. I have to admit this is my first winter with my own chickens however I worked on a ranch with over 250. I don't use heat lamps. My 5 hens seem to keep each other warm and with the ventilation I have no sign of frostbite. Some might say this is a little small for 5 hens however they just go up to roost at night or to lay eggs. Even though there is 2 nest boxes they all seem to like laying in the same one... imagine that.
As you can see I added some additional run space... about 100 sq ft total when you include the space under the coop.
Again TJ... I'm truly sorry. I know you were just trying to keep your young flock warm, but what a price to pay. It's so sad. I'm sure they would have come through just fine, even at below 40. You'd be amazed how they'd just all pile up and keep each other warm if they have any feathers at all. I'm also sad that it took you so long to FINALLY get that coop, and now you're put right back to waiting again. I'm truly THANKFUL that the fire didn't spread and do damage to other structures of yours or your neighbors. That would have been horrendous!
This is true. I probably wouldn't of put it in if I wasn't so sick yesterday. My fever just hit 102.7.