Originally Posted by mtnranidae
Should we be trying to keep the coop from going below freezing?
I would, and I do, but that's just me and knowing what my birds are most comfortable with. My sweetie roo does not ldo well in cold but tolerates summer heat well. Hen Ellie seems less troubled by cold and more troubled by summer heat. I use a ceramic heat lamp(provides heat but not light) and set a timer to go on and off through the night depending upon what the low temps will be. I try not to make the differential between outside temp and inside temp too extreme but I never let it get below freezing (actually, due to good insulation it rarely drops below 40 degrees even when it's way colder outside). During the day, the birds get to choose where they want to be. Since I only have two, body heat does not help like it would with a bunch of feathered souls, so that's another factor in my particular situation. I've known BJ roo for something like 8 years now so he seems to thrive in the conditions provided. JJ