Chickens Freezing?

Geckolady

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Hang in there. The first winter will be the one you worry about them the most.
They are a color variety not readily available as far as I know. I will be interested to hear how they do with the laying.
Thanks, you've been a big help. :) The man who sold them to me is pretty serious about chicken shows, and was not pleased with their color/markings. He said they'd be "egg laying machines." In the spring, I want to incubate some of their eggs. I already have the incubator and egg turner. Now if they can just last the winter. This rookie is worried about messing things up!
 

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Thanks, you've been a big help. :) The man who sold them to me is pretty serious about chicken shows, and was not pleased with their color/markings. He said they'd be "egg laying machines." In the spring, I want to incubate some of their eggs. I already have the incubator and egg turner. Now if they can just last the winter. This rookie is worried about messing things up!
If it helps any.....we will be 5 below zero here. I have 3 elderly bantams (the oldest is 11) and 8 adult full size hens then the kids....the young have a heat lamp in their 6x8 walk in coop with TONS of venting (open sofits) they are 7&8 weeks old. They are the only ones with added heat. That lamp is secured with chains to prevent falling. There are 4 coops. Chickens are in 3 and the 4th has 7 ducks.
The only thing I am worried about is that lamp.
 

Geckolady

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Sep 12, 2020
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east central Arizona
If it helps any.....we will be 5 below zero here. I have 3 elderly bantams (the oldest is 11) and 8 adult full size hens then the kids....the young have a heat lamp in their 6x8 walk in coop with TONS of venting (open sofits) they are 7&8 weeks old. They are the only ones with added heat. That lamp is secured with chains to prevent falling. There are 4 coops. Chickens are in 3 and the 4th has 7 ducks.
The only thing I am worried about is that lamp.
That helps a lot. I've been waiting to name the hens just in case something goes wrong, because it's harder to lose a named pet. Reading these forums gives you lots of examples of things going wrong. They're such nice hens. Even the rooster is good tempered. Loving the new pets!
 

Geckolady

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Thanks to the well-wishers. They are used to people and quite tame. When I held one of them at the show, she just snuggled down. So soft and pretty! Then I had to have them. I was planning on a flock of chickens for some time, and everything was already here and ready, including the feed.

The rooster pretty much named himself. I grew up using those wind-up alarm clocks that are marked Big Ben, the ones everybody used before the world pretty much switched to electric alarm clocks. He's an alarm clock wanna-be, but the joke is on him. I'm up before he is. So, he is Big Ben. He has a nice big comb. Around what temperature should I put vaseline on it to protect it?
 

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