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Best Coop for Rode Island Reds in South Dakota?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CloseTOnature, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. CloseTOnature

    CloseTOnature Hatching

    Sep 20, 2011
    What is the best coop design for Rode Island Reds in South Dakota. It gets 30 below but even colder with windchill factors. This spring we will be getting the chicks. We are very new to the chicken community. What is the reason for coops above ground vs. ground level?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. CloseTOnature

    CloseTOnature Hatching

    Sep 20, 2011
    Thank you for the information. This was very helpful![​IMG]
  4. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    First off Welcome [​IMG]

    For sure off the ground
    Huge amount of insulation
    Try to get it out of the weather/wind. Next to a barn, lot of trees, a big hedge to break and storm front
    Heat lamp in the brooder 24 to 30" from the chicks. Big enough so they can get out of the heat if to hot
    Speaking of hot put ventilation in there to exhaust the heat and a way to close them if windy in that direction
    Speaking of windy, where we live along the Columbia Gorge the wind comes mostly from the NE so make that side with no openings
    Feed the birds fatty foods to protect them.

    I am sure others will chime in but there is a few things I would do in a cold climate

    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011

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