Originally Posted by realsis
Thank you so much. so how hot should I adjust the thermostat? should I make it 95? so as far as the cave goes I want them to huddle under it? I'm so nervous here but hubby read your thread and has complete confidence. I wish I could be as sure. !! I do feel confident that the thermostat can be adjusted but I'm so worried it won't be warm enough. I'm just afraid I will mess it up somehow and kill them. but huby is all for it so I'm hoping it works. when we get it together for a test run I will show you all pics and you all can tell me what you think
Don't worry .. be happy! I see in later posts you are getting a grip on your nervousness. I don't think anyone has reported a chick fatality with a MHPB. Certainly not one related to temperature.
And regarding temperatures. An update to my post of last night:
It was -18F at 7 AM today. After feeding my wife and me and doing other stuff, I made Valentines Day breakfast for the girls in the barn. Don't think I'm spoiling them too much . We have some old oatmeal that we got before we found out that oats grown where wheat has been grown can pick up wheat gluten. DD1 is intolerant. So when it is really cold I sometimes make the working girls breakfast (only time this year). Today it was oatmeal, old wheat based pasta a bit of meat scraps and fat and about a half cup of BOSS.
Took that down at 11 AM when it was merely -7F and laid out the fare for the girls. As you can see it was about 0F in the barn (click the pictures to get the full size ones):
Here they are chowing down. NOTICE they aren't even all fluffed up. They can do WAY better than that when they want to:
Here are Peep and Fae the Cubalayas. As the name suggests they originated in Cuba and are as much game bird based as chicken based. Fluffed and just hanging out in the area just left of the barn door in the second photo. As you can see, this is a very old and not even slightly airtight barn.
ETA: it is supposed to be -16F tonight. I'm not worried about them at all. BTW, this is the coop, it is about 12' to the left of the green door in the second picture. You will note that only the door (which is open) and the panel to the left of it are covered in plastic. The left side of that wall is mirrored on the right behind the door and the side wall of the coop matches: 2x4 welded wire (because it was there) and 1/2" hardware cloth covering the open areas. There is NOTHING tight about this coop, the temp inside is about the same as the rest of the unheated barn. The floor of the barn is dirt so there is some retained heat in the fall, long gone now.
Edited by bruceha2000 - 2/14/16 at 5:28pm