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Chickens in the Winter

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by k24smith, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. k24smith

    k24smith New Egg

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    I live in South East Ohio and we can get some cold winters. Wind chill is usually our main problem. I have read different opinions on heat lamps. My coop is small and I have three Rhode Island Red adult hens. Should I use a heat lamp or just use tarp to block out the wind? Here is a pic of my coop and run.

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  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I am up in northern Michigan, and we get very bitter cold weather. Your birds will do fine if you just provide a well-ventilated, draft-free coop for them. No additional heat is necessary, and make sure you do not seal their coop up too tightly - I leave one window open at least a crack all winter. A tarp on at least the windiest side of the run would make it more comfortable for them in windy cold weather.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I agree on the tarp but, it has to be securely adhered to the wire. If it flaps around noisily in the wind, it will scare the chickens.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    PS some people just stack hay bales around the sides of the run to block the worst of the wind.
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] 1muttsfan gave you some good advice. That is a really cute coop! Did you build it yourself?
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  9. micah O

    micah O Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep agree.[​IMG]
     
  10. k24smith

    k24smith New Egg

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    The coop is a pre-fab coop kit I purchased and had to put together. The run is out of scrap lumber and roofing we had with hardware cloth around it.
     

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