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post #12 of 21

Keeping Chickens Warm In Winter

 

 

 

If you are worried about your chickens freezing during the winter, keep in mind that you only have to take minor precautions to keep them warm. Remember, chickens normally acclimatize themselves to cold weather. In fact, their physical constitution is more tolerant to cold than to heat. The body warmth they get from simply huddling together during cold weather can go a long way into keeping them warm for most of the winter. However, it doesn't mean that it's safe to neglect the environmental conditions that determine the well-being of your poultry during the cold months.

 

 

 

 

Heat conduction plays a critical role in the wintering of your poultry. Placing a bed of sawdust or bundles of straw in the coop helps in keeping them warm just in case huddling together is not good enough to handle the cool temperature. Setting up a heat lamp in a secure place also helps in providing direct heat just in case a particular chicken has poor tolerance for extremely low temperatures. Just make sure that the heat lamp is at a safe distance to prevent your chickens from getting too close (chickens like to perch, so make sure the heat lamp is at an elevated area that they can't reach).

A coop that is dry and free of draft (but still ventilated) is very essential to maintaining reasonable heat within the shelter. One thing to avoid is barring the door since chickens love to go outside and exercise every once in a while, even during winter. Make it a point to clear the coop's surroundings of snow in order for your chickens to have the luxury to venture outside whenever they feel the urge to do so.

 

 

 

 

Proper feeding is very important during a chicken's winter days. Corn is a good supplementary diet since it provides internal warmth. And of course, water needs to be provided daily just like in summer days. I highly recommend using a hard horse rubber dish for the fact that it's relatively easier to remove the ice without breaking the dish.

Providing roosts is also vital in avoiding your chickens' toes from freezing. A roost made out of wood is always better than metal or plastic because wood doesn't conduct cold. The roost should also be wide enough so that the chickens' feathers can cover the toes and be able to provide warmth into them.

 

 

 

 

Combs and wattles on chickens can be a big problem since extreme coldness can cause frostbites. Rubbing Vasoline regularly can be a big help to alleviate this particular problem. You can also resort to "dubbing", which is the process of removing these extra appendages, in the means to fully remove the possibilities of frostbites and the complications that go with it.

Remember that the rules change if you are brooding chicks. They should be kept entirely safe from drafts by placing a solid wall around them. Maintain a heat lamp over them the same way you do with full-grown chickens. If you can't establish an airtight habitat for them, it is best to avoid the notion of raising them in the winter.

 

 

 

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http://charearl.com/chickens/Keeping-Chickens-Warm-In-Winter.html.  

 

Here is an interesting video regarding chickens in winter

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by Red Barn Farms - 8/21/12 at 4:42am

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post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 

i live in new jerssey and i dont know how cold it gets

 

Im an animal luver that has a horse, 2 dogs, and 4 speckled sussex chickens.

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Im an animal luver that has a horse, 2 dogs, and 4 speckled sussex chickens.

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post #14 of 21

 

when i lived in kansas i would put a light bulb close to the water to keep it from freezing

4 horses: Arabian (Polish), Arabian, BLM, Paint thbrd 1/4, 2 dogs: 1 terrior mix, 1 blue nose bull with gotti line, 1 cat: caleco, 7 koi fish, chickens: 11 bramma's, 10 rhode island reds, 4 white leghorns, 5 buff orpington's, 1 black Minorca, 1 duckwing, 1 brown leghorn, 1 (possibly) polish, 1 grey bantom. guinea's: 6 white, 5 pearl grey, 5 lavender. turkeys: 4 blue slate, 4 royal palm.

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4 horses: Arabian (Polish), Arabian, BLM, Paint thbrd 1/4, 2 dogs: 1 terrior mix, 1 blue nose bull with gotti line, 1 cat: caleco, 7 koi fish, chickens: 11 bramma's, 10 rhode island reds, 4 white leghorns, 5 buff orpington's, 1 black Minorca, 1 duckwing, 1 brown leghorn, 1 (possibly) polish, 1 grey bantom. guinea's: 6 white, 5 pearl grey, 5 lavender. turkeys: 4 blue slate, 4 royal palm.

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post #15 of 21
I received an Egyptian Fayoumis as a bonus in my chick order. She is so fun but I am concerned about North Dakota winters. We ordered all cold hardy chicks and she is not cold hardy! Any suggestions on what we should do to help her stay warm?
post #16 of 21

Welcome!  I'm glad you asked that question, because it had been worrying me as well.

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post #18 of 21

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I’m movin on, I’m gonna let go
I’ve learned what we hold against someone else
Will only wind up hurting ourselves

Forgiveness!
There’s healing in your wings
Your peace it let’s me breathe
Forgiveness!
You’re the reason why I live
I’m worth only what I give
Forgiveness     
--Forgiveness by Beckah Shae

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post #19 of 21

if they are young roosters  . a frying pan will keep them warm  . just kidding . wv leipers

post #20 of 21

red barn fams , has the correct , answer   WV LEIPERS

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