Originally Posted by seminolewind
I have often wondered about the chickens in the north. I live in Florida, so it's the heat problem here.
When I lived in NY, my one rooster and 2 horses were all together locked up and tolerated some nights at 0 degrees. Not many. Minus 30 makes me think about bringing them in the house, LOL!!!! That's awful cold. I don't think I'd want my birds under 0 degrees, but that's me and I truly would not know how to handle minus 30. I know one member long ago who had bantams in Canada and they would all live in cages in his mud room/back door in the winter and let out during the day.
I'm in Canada, not the coldest parts but i get cold enough, i don't heat the chickens including the bantams. Their are some breeds i am sure not cold tolerant so i am not totally against heat but i question with a compromised flock whether it would be of benefit or not? you'd have to be sure you had a back up plan, i know hydro can get sketchy in the winter here not to mention fire risks.
Chickens do grow accustomed to the temps, i mean i have some almost 6wk olds out with their mama right now(silkie bantams) an oppsie hatch.. back in October.