Anxious newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MemeA, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. MemeA

    MemeA Just Hatched

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    Hi, everyone. I'm new to the site. This is my first winter with chickens and, based on what locals have told me, my 3 girls have an unheated coop. But we will get to -22 tonight--our coldest night this year--and now I'm worried that they will be too cold. The two windward sides have hay bales below them and are wrapped in plastic, so there are no drafts. There is 6" of pine shavings on the floor and they have heated water. So my fingers are crossed that I'll still have a reason to be back on the site tomorrow.
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. As long as you have cold hardy breeds and a draft free, dry, and well ventilated coop to prevent moisture from building up inside it, your chickens will be fine. Feathers are a wonderful insulator and moisture is a much greater danger than cold. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  3. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Chickens are tougher than they look.

    Like Micheal said, as long as they stay dry and out of
    wind, they'll hunker down okay.

    Spook
     
  4. MemeA

    MemeA Just Hatched

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    Thanks to you both. I did need the reassurance. I'll check in tomorrow morning.
     
  5. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Some folks tack an old towel to the roost bar, to help keep their feet warm.
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and [​IMG] - based on comments from some of our very experienced members they'll be fine and you WILL have a reason to post tomorrow (which is today here in Kenya [​IMG]).

    all the best
    CT
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    We have had colder temperatures than that and my large breeds are in an uninsulated shed. Except for some frostbite on roosters combs everyone makes it through, year after year, Wisconsin winters are brutal. Your birds will look cold, throw out some scratch to get them moving, maybe a warm mash made from their ration and water, warm water to drink and stuff to do, they will be fine.
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome.
     
  10. MemeA

    MemeA Just Hatched

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    I'm ecstatic to be back--with 3 live chickens. Thanks to all of you for the support. After a night that dropped to -22 (before the wind chill!) I bundled up and carried a bowl of warm oatmeal, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries out to the coop. And the girls were there to greet me--a little subdued but alive. There's a little bit of frost on a few feathers, but their tiny combs and their feet look okay and they were eating their oats. I'll bring them their worms, broccoli and scratch in an hour.

    Great idea about the towel--thanks, Drumstick Diva.

    Greetings from the wyandottes--Blackie, Bumpy Beak, and Other [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

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