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

    Jan 22, 2013
    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

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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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