18 Degrees Hens Outside?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chic's Chickens, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Chic's Chickens

    Chic's Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    It has been very cold here in the NW the past week. Tonight it is already 18 degrees and for some reason those silly birds are sleeping on the pearch in there run! For the past few nights I have had a red heat lamp on (during the day too so water doesn't freeze) and closed the doors on there insulated coop ( at night only) .... Why are they sleeping outside tonight????
     
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    Chic's Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Any thoughts?
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Is there a thermometer in the coop? What is the temp.

    Guess you know how we feel in July when it's 115 outside.

    It should get down to 30 here tonight... my chooks are doing fine.
     
  4. Chic's Chickens

    Chic's Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I bet it is at least 25... Is this just a side of chicken personality that I have never seen?
     
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    If they're staying outside of their own free will, then they're fine. Mine will stay outside down to about 0°F before calling Uncle and heading into the coop. I only close them in when it's below 0F. Don't worry... they'll know when it's too cold.
     
  6. Chic's Chickens

    Chic's Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I guess I am a bit of a worry wart...
     
  7. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Chic's Chickens :

    Thank you! I guess I am a bit of a worry wart...

    It's ok... you're not alone. [​IMG]
    Watch them for signs of discomfort. If you see them outside just huddling, kick them back to the coop. Sometimes you just can't keep them inside, though.
    But if you haven't pampered them too much, their feather coats should be sufficient to keep them warm.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I heard it was 8°F this morning near Tumwater... we've been in the 20s all day here! LOL! It's 14F now, though. I think everyone's gone in for the night, but there's always one or two that like to sleep outside, no matter what. [​IMG] silly birds.
     
  9. Chic's Chickens

    Chic's Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I was alarmed because I have NEVER seen them do this. They ALWAYS go in at dark. They are still young... They are not set in there ways I guess
     
  10. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have learned over the past years you can't out think a chicken. All you can do is provide a good living space, water, food and a few snacks and watch them. They will do what they want. Sprinkle in some love, sit back and enjoy.
     

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