chickens and ducks in winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nj feathers, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Nj feathers

    Nj feathers Out Of The Brooder

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    Last year was my first for keeping my birds and we had a mild winter. This winter is supposed to be cold and snowey. My birds are in a 10x10 chain link dog pen w/secure top and floor. Will they be ok in the cold? I'm in south jersey so it rarely gets lower then the 20s.I plan on getting a headed water feeder thingy. They have a wooden coop that they can cuddle in, but the chickens prefer to sit on a big perch (small tree trunk) we have in the pen. Will they go in the coop if it gets cold?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Do they go into the coop now at night? They should go in the coop if it gets cold, especially if it is windy.
     
  3. Nj feathers

    Nj feathers Out Of The Brooder

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    no they still go up to perch. Not worried bout the ducks as much cuz the wild ones seem to tolerate the cold.
     

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