any ideas for keeping my chickens from freezing this winter?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jazzymitchell, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. jazzymitchell

    jazzymitchell Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2011
    It looks like we are headed for a chicken-killer winter, and I don't have faith out hen house will keep everyone warm enough. Its just an open face goat shed with 2 chain link dog kennels attached out front with chicken wire wrapping it. Id like to beef it up so everyone can snuggle together and stay warm, but with it being so open...I'm kinda stumped at what to do. Any ideas? I'd thought about getting straw bales and walling it on the inside, but I don't know if that's gonna cut it?
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    Build a few more walls to the goat shed to keep the elements out? Does it snow where your at? Straw will help.

    We fully insulated our coop, which is inside our garage. We just winterized the run and wrapped it with thick plastic. It gets -21F or colder here and last year we had a ton of snow.

    Good luck. If it snows or gets too cold, they do need shelter from it. You will need to keep the water from freezing also.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
  3. jazzymitchell

    jazzymitchell Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2011
    Yeah it snows here...I'm gonna have to do something about it. Last year it got way down in the negatives (but I didn't have any chickens then.) And I imagine it'll be worse this year.
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    I would add some boarded walls, (I don't know what your area looks like though, so hard to give advice)...straw bales is a definate step in the right direction. As long as you keep the winds off them, they will snuggle up and stay warm.

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