Chickens in the snow?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HaleyS, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. HaleyS

    HaleyS In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2009
    I just got four chicks this spring and I was wondering what I should do with them when it begins to snow this winter. Will they stay in their coop or will my hens want to plod through the snow?

  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Depends. If they've never seen snow before, they will probably stay in the coop with their heads hanging out of the door. If they have experienced snow, they will probably be out in it.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Based on what I've read here on BYC, my plan is to spread straw on top of the snow (or ice) so they'll go out for a bit and have something to scratch around in...
  4. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    My 6-month old chickens are NOT liking the snow - and we've just had over a foot of it with some big drifts here in Colorado. I cleared a little area just outside the coop and scattered some scratch there and they were happy to come out and get a little fresh air after being shut in all day yesterday, but didn't really want to get their feet in the white stuff. Straw might be a good idea, though it could get pretty messy and keep everything really wet underneath. Seemed easier just to shovel out a little area. Our snow tends to disappear pretty quickly, though - will be gone by the weekend and dry soon after. Having lived in Bloominton IN for many years, I know that is not the case there!
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2009
  5. Poppycock

    Poppycock In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2008
    Alpine, UT
    I shovel mine a willy nilly path through the chicken run - sort of looks like a maze when we have alot of snow. Then I sprinkle scratch along it to give them something to do. I have a stash of leaves and throw them out on the path to keep them even busier.
  6. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    My chooks hate the snow. Too bad since it covers the ground for 5 months of the year. After awhile, they will come out and walk around, but only when forced, and only on my shoveled paths. They stand at the back door and beg to come into the kitchen. Wishful thinking.
  7. blurose

    blurose Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Winston, Oregon
    I think they just need some fur-lined mukluks (eskimo boots). I wouldn't wanna walk barefooted in the snow either. [​IMG]

  8. Biddylover

    Biddylover Songster

    May 24, 2009
    [​IMG] good idea [​IMG]

    Lived in AK until I was 10, get them some little ski masks too [​IMG]
  9. Besides the paths in the run (love the meandering path idea!) I have a "jungle gym" of sorts made fromdead limbs and saplings kind of bent over and intertwined to make a dome. Even now in our fall weather they will often hang out on the limbs to enjoy the warm sun on a cool day. I plan to make sure a path to it is cleared of snow so they can enjoy some fresh air without their toes being buried in the snow!
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    My chickens dislike the snow (and I really do not think it is because it is cold, I think it is because it *looks different*) but if I track a bit of snow into the indoor pens, they go crazy pecking at it like it is some gourmet delicacy. Go figure [​IMG]


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