Ha Ha too funny!
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Not sure if they are closed in but im sure not open like a woods coop. I dont actually know all the details. I ran into this bit of info while researching wood stoves. Id tell you how the Russians do it but it has nothing to do with chickens or animals.
Keeping chickens in the barn with other livestock in cold weather was quite common in the old days as barns with livestock can be quite toasty in the winter and if not toasty many degrees warmer then outside... Plus the chickens got to eat all the leftovers in the manure as well as any bugs that might come around...
To put this in perspective, a cow for example gives off about 3500-4000 BTU an hour, that means 15-20 cows give off as much heat as your average house furnace but the cows don't cycle on/off like your furnace they run 24/7... So a house connected to a barn if done properly could provide you with off grid heating all winter along, at least in theory...
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I don't yet. They have been on my wish list. Everytime it would seem I had a line on some eggs or even a couple of cockerels that were about 3 hours away, something happened and things fell through. The older I get the less I find myself willing to put up with drama with my animals. Right now I have two American Buff ganders that are taxing my limits of tolerance. So I have looked at these guys closely for about 2 years. I had my incubator fry a batch of eggs so I am reworking it over before trying any more shipped eggs. If I can get a good hatch of my Olive Eggers then I might be willing to risk some Breda eggs.
My Blue Wheaten Ameraucana (my avatar photo) is a very sweet bird but not a good layer and VERY noisy to the point I'm embarrassed with the neighbors. She is very loud. She is a lovely kind timid bird and we love her dearly - she is alert, predator wary, jittery, jumpy. She is non-retaliatory toward chickens that chest-bump her. She would rather flee than fight. As much as we love her, she is 3 yrs old now, I don't believe I will try another Am nor try EE either. They are not production birds - our girl might be lucky to lay 3 or 4 months out of the year. Our Breda on the other hand is a dynamo layer, not timid, not noisy, is outgoing, "pesty," curious, unafraid, and people-friendly and above all, non-combative toward the gentle littles like Silkies. My DH loves his Silkies but having the Breda this past year has impressed him to try more Breda. The Breda cockerel we had for a few weeks was a gem too. We gave him to a friend and he turned out to be her indoor-outdoor pet chicken - she rescues unwanted cockerels and hens and gives them forever homes on her farm. She is vegetarian so the birds will never be dinner on her table. Rare to find people with that kind of big heart!
Done enough for the girls to spend the night. Still need to finish the new feed and watering systems, the nesting boxes, and paint. Even so, the girls are happy to be out if the rubbermade box. :-)[/quote]
When you paint, you'll need to remove the birds for a couple days. Their respiratory systems are much more fragile than ours and paint fumes can do a lot of damage.
ETA- I keep screwing up the quoting thing on my phone haha sorry.
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