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how cold does it get?

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just wondering what the winter low temperatures are in some different places to tell how cold it can get without geese having problems. where I am from it gets to be at least -8 degrees farenheight and I usually don't have any problems but I am adding some new geese to the collection (sabastapols) and wondering if they can take the cold temperatures also??? - Jay in MA

All of my friends refer to me as the birdman I have about 110 birds

geese: barnacle, Egyptian, and cackler   swans: black    Pheasants: red golden, yellow golden, cinnamon golden, silver, swinhoe, blue eared, and lady Amherst    Ducks: pekin, Muscovy, marble teal, mandarin, wood duck, grey call duck, white mandarin, silver apple yard, ruddy shelduck, cape shelduck, and paradise shelduck. also I...

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All of my friends refer to me as the birdman I have about 110 birds

geese: barnacle, Egyptian, and cackler   swans: black    Pheasants: red golden, yellow golden, cinnamon golden, silver, swinhoe, blue eared, and lady Amherst    Ducks: pekin, Muscovy, marble teal, mandarin, wood duck, grey call duck, white mandarin, silver apple yard, ruddy shelduck, cape shelduck, and paradise shelduck. also I...

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post #2 of 25

Last winter was one of our coldest on record.  While we are used to seeing -10F at night, we had many -25F nights.  My geese (dewlap Toulouse, African and production Toulouse) live outside 24/7.  They bunkered down in deep shavings/hay in their sleeping area and were fine.

 

One of my friends has sebbies (and many other breeds) and he also keeps his geese outside, but he puts a heat lamp in their run-in shelter, as he says they are not as hardy as other breeds.

My menagerie includes 5 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 30 geese (mostly dewlap toulouse & African), 15 ducks, and 1 fancy pigeon.

NPIP Certified- #UT-179

Spirit's story: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/725035/spirit-the-amazing-grey-dewlap-toulouse-gander/
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My menagerie includes 5 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 30 geese (mostly dewlap toulouse & African), 15 ducks, and 1 fancy pigeon.

NPIP Certified- #UT-179

Spirit's story: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/725035/spirit-the-amazing-grey-dewlap-toulouse-gander/
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post #3 of 25
-25 o_O our lowest was 2 years ago or last year?!?! Anyway it was -21 and was lowest on record also hmm.png
post #4 of 25
Last winter it got down to -37°F the Chinese geese had a little frostbite on their knobs and some of the chickens had frostbite on their combs. Other than that everyone was fine.
post #5 of 25
o_O -37 ! Are you in the Antartic ! Thats cold !
post #6 of 25

northern MN

post #7 of 25

We normally have lows in the -20F to -30F. The lowest temperature we had was on Jan.19 1994 it was a bone chilling -53F. We have Michigan's record for coldest temperature recorded. Amasa Michigan. I keep 2- 100w bulbs going in coops to keep the coops a little warmer when the temps drop to -20 F I do shut the lights off for 8 hrs. so they can have a normal sleep cycle. I have had a little frostbite on very tips of roosters comb but I try to keep Vaseline on the comb and wattles for protection.

Married 26 yrs. to my best friend. Proud mother of 1 daughter, 1Border Collie,1 Australian Shepard, 1 fat Cat and 5 BR, 2 BO, 1 BSL,  1 Leghorn, 2 Tetra Tints, 3 RIR, 5 BA, 2 GLW, 3 SLW 2 BJG,1 LB,3 RSL 1 EE, 1 BO X BR cross and  1 Cuckoo Maran cross   So Far! lol
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Married 26 yrs. to my best friend. Proud mother of 1 daughter, 1Border Collie,1 Australian Shepard, 1 fat Cat and 5 BR, 2 BO, 1 BSL,  1 Leghorn, 2 Tetra Tints, 3 RIR, 5 BA, 2 GLW, 3 SLW 2 BJG,1 LB,3 RSL 1 EE, 1 BO X BR cross and  1 Cuckoo Maran cross   So Far! lol
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post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 

wow so these geese can take really really cold temperatures I should be fine thanks for all the info. - Jay in MA

All of my friends refer to me as the birdman I have about 110 birds

geese: barnacle, Egyptian, and cackler   swans: black    Pheasants: red golden, yellow golden, cinnamon golden, silver, swinhoe, blue eared, and lady Amherst    Ducks: pekin, Muscovy, marble teal, mandarin, wood duck, grey call duck, white mandarin, silver apple yard, ruddy shelduck, cape shelduck, and paradise shelduck. also I...

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All of my friends refer to me as the birdman I have about 110 birds

geese: barnacle, Egyptian, and cackler   swans: black    Pheasants: red golden, yellow golden, cinnamon golden, silver, swinhoe, blue eared, and lady Amherst    Ducks: pekin, Muscovy, marble teal, mandarin, wood duck, grey call duck, white mandarin, silver apple yard, ruddy shelduck, cape shelduck, and paradise shelduck. also I...

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post #9 of 25
Wow am i lucky i dont have severe weather like all of ye ! How do ye even mange! Oh and MINUS 53!!!!!
post #10 of 25
We usually get some below zero temps during the winter. Usually not lower than -20 at night.
American Buff trio, pekin ducks, collection of chickens.
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American Buff trio, pekin ducks, collection of chickens.
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