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Chickens in North Carolina

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by davidsgirl, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. davidsgirl

    davidsgirl New Egg

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    Been reading up about preparing for winter weather, but what constitutes winter weather? Coming from NY to NC the winter's are pretty mild here. May get into the upper 20's/lo 30"s at night and an occasional snow that's gone in a day or two. Do I need to insulate my coop with plastic or just put a barrier of straw bales to block the wind. Do they need extra heat at night?
     
  2. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in TN so winter is pretty mild here, too. I have 6 windows. I cover some of the extra windows but leave 3 open for ventilation. I do not use heat in the winter. Lack of ventilation that lets moisture build up will hurt them before the cold will. I prop a piece of plywood up against the outside of the northern end of the run for a wind block for when they are outside. I do like to give my girls treats like warm oatmeal, cooked beans, or even scrambled eggs on cold days.
     
  3. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually keep to this routine from around the first of December til the end of February or middle of March. January is probably our coldest month here. We will have a couple of weeks when its 30's in the daytime and in the teens at night.
     
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am from the mtns of NC. I like to block the northeast wind from the coop. I leave the vents open and usually one window. I don't want a draft but no heat. I use the cookie metal boxes with a light in them to prevent freezing of their water. I also have a covered area for them to stay dry outside the coop. Other than that a warm treat once and a while is always appreciated.
     

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