At what temp should I keep the hens locked up?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by From the North, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. From the North

    From the North Out Of The Brooder

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    It's a lovely -26C (-16F) this morning. Do I need to keep the hens locked up in the coop, or can I open the door so they still have the option of going out? I would like to give them the option of going out but it will make the coop that much colder. It's a bit small in the coop for 11 hens to sit in all day. I need to decide in the next 30min before I leave for work.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Let them choose, unless the opened door creates a wicked draft in the coop.
    I kept my door closed because they weren't going out anyway, and it's nowhere near as cold here as your location.
     

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