Chickens this winter

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jennmoore, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. jennmoore

    jennmoore New Egg

    May 11, 2014
    This will be my first winter with my chickens. I have 2 rhode island Reds and a buff orphington. They have a coop and lay their eggs in their boxes but when it rains and now that it is getting in the 30's at night, they are still sleeping outside in their outside area....even in the cold rain. Is this normal?
    There is a mouse or 2 that I have notice eating their food and I can't catch them with traps...they are too smart. The chickens wouldn't be afraid of that, would they??
    Just wondering how cold is too cold for them?
    I'm wanting to be prepared for when the real winter hits. I'm in Texas so we don't get crazy cold, but we do get in the 20's and sometimes teens at night.
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    They aren't afraid of mice. My girls actually hunt those meaty little snacks. Chickens can handle temps well below freezing, provided they are kept dry and out of the wind.
    How secure is their outside area? Is it safe/racoon proof? Are the roosts outside higher than the roosts inside? They naturally want to roost as high as they can get. Are the roosts wide enough for all of them to roost together? Perhaps the coop doesn't have enough ventilation and that is why they prefer outside.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    Yes it is normal for a chicken to sleep outside of the chicken coop and if a mouse in in the coop at night this is a better reason for them to do so as the mouse can and will chew on them wile the chicken sleeps and no a chicken will not move if it is dark .... But if a chicken gets wet this is not good at all so the chickens should have some sort of shelter to be chased or placed into and as far as temp the chicken has a body core temp of 106F degrees and with the feathers to help insolate them a chicken can easily take temps to +10 F degrees but the rain and cold winds will change this ......
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!
  6. yolaleah

    yolaleah Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2015
    We used a light for about a month to get our ladies into the coop each night and were eventually able to stop using it. Now they go into their coop on their own but the light really helped! I've also heard you can pick them up and put them on their roost at night to help train them to go inside. We haven't had to do that but it's worth a shot! Good luck!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Chickens tolerate cold much better than heat. I would put them on the roost at night and close the coop door. They are safer from predators inside.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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