Can My Chickens Go Outside In -25C Weather

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by GETE, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. GETE

    GETE New Egg

    Aug 21, 2009
    I live in Thunder Bay Ontario and wonder if my chickens can go out in very cold weather. It's our first year and we want our Leghorns happy.
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    They *can*, but they may well not *want to*, not for long anyhow [​IMG]

    Your chances are better if the run is sheltered and well protected from the wind. Most people would only open the popdoor during the warmest part of the day in that weather; me, honestly I have enough room for them inside the coop (15 sq ft per hen indoors, ish) that I tend to leave the popdoor shut for the day and just give them extra things to peck around at indoors. Depends on your situation and coop site, though.

    Good luck, have fun,

  3. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    *shrug* mine did LOL but only after I shoveled the run and put down hay for them to step on.
  4. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    I would keep an eye on the leghorns. They are a good bird but not very cold hardy. Make sure they have a heater, a nice draft free coop and deep litter. They might take a quick run outside if it's not windy and the sun is out but probably won't stay long.
  5. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I open the pop door for the girls every day that it reaches 0F (isn't that about -25C??? I can never remember). They have full choice to come outside or stay inside. They pretty much NEVER come outside in the cold. Some days when it is 15-20F and sunny, I toss them out and force them to get some sunshine (my run is covered, so quite shady). They hang for awhile, but tend to gather at my backdoor (it's glass and therefore reflective and warmer) and beg to come inside. And they HATE walking in the snow - they will only stay on the shoveled paths. Mine definitely prefer to stay inside where it's wind free and warmer when the temperatures dip.
  6. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    Reva, VA

    F = C x 9/5 + 32 or degrees C times 1.8 then plus 32
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2009

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