anyone bring their chickens inside the house for cold weather ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lorililly, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. lorililly

    lorililly Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 16, 2012
    I just got a hen. well she came to me found her under my porch .. but anyways I have not been able to build her a good home before it got cold. so right now she is in a dog cage which is a big one. but I am in love with her and when it gets warm iam going to build her a perment home in my yard but got to get passed the winter first sucky . but I would love to bring her in the house cause she is so friendly and loves my children and plus i feel like she is cold and lonley outside. so iam worring if anywhere brings their hen's inside and if you do what do you do for them inside ?
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop

    Ive done this multiple times. I currently have two bantams in our garage because I'm trying to get a new coop for them. The only bad thing is the smell.
  3. TFChickens

    TFChickens New Egg

    Jan 21, 2012
    Depending on what type of chicken she is and how cold your winters are as long as they have a dry spot out of the wind they are pretty durable. Im sure she is looking for a little company, and having a roost to get up on is recommended, but you need to be careful taking them in and out of heated environments as she wont adapt to the cold and the change can also cause respirtory problems. If she looks really cold you can always add a heat lamp above her pen - even a 60W light bulb in most cases can make a big difference. Just be sure that she can get away from any source of heat you give her so she can self regulate.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I don't but then again they are good to go in their coop. If I didn't I guess I would rig something up with tarps and a light bulb for heat. If you eliminate drafts, chickens are remarkably resilient.

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