Originally Posted by Rooster Rules
Up there you should insulate the coop, and supply some heat source to keep the coop above freezing, or close to it. Manitoba is super cold too, and coops need insulating here too.
Not true. I live in Vermont and our winters routinely see temps below freezing. Sometimes WAY below freezing, for long periods of time. I have never insulated my chicken house and, in fact, the floor in my old house was elevated by 3 feet and was nothing but hardware cloth over which I put a layer of straw. I opened the door every day and threw straw down on the snow for my girls to walk on and they've always been happy as clams and super-healthy. I've also never had a frostbitten comb.
This year they're in a hoop coop. Tarp over the top, 4 ml plastic stapled over one whole end and partially over the other to keep wind out. I'm doing deep litter. Happy, healthy chickens. Frozen eggs? From time to time. We do our best to get out there early.
Edited by countrygoddess - 11/22/12 at 2:51am