Cluck Cluck from Killbuck, Oh.

rnjoyce

Hatching
8 Years
Aug 19, 2011
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Hi everyone, hope I'm posting to right place. I'm Joyce, my husband FarmerBill & I are new to chickens. We got 6 RI's this spring and they just started laying. We were so thrilled to see that first egg, I couldn't believe it! It was soooooo cute. Small, but cute! Those girls get prettier everyday...Bill has them totally spoiled too. He feeds them better than he feeds me!
But thats ok, they deserve it! Those girls go nuts when they hear his voice or see him anytime. He calls them his "fellas".
And says they don't mind! I am getting addicted to this site though. It has all the answers to my newbee questions so far. Thank you everyone!
Question: Even though the chicks are 6 months, it's Sep. here, should we put their light on when it gets chillier at night?????
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
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Strasburg Ohio
Hello there and welcome from Strasburg Ohio! So glad to hear you guys are enjoying your new chickens, and that you've gotten your first eggs! So much fun!

I do have a few heat bulbs outside in the coop during the winter months, but it's really not required. If you light the coop during the winter hours, then your hens will continue to lay their eggs. (They need those extended hours of light to produce eggs.) Some people like to give their hens a break during the winter months, so they can use their energy to keep warm. (That' s a hot topic)

I do light mine because with the red heat bulbs inside my hen house, then out in the run, I have the white heat bulbs. (I place my water bucket on the ground below and it helps keep it from freezing.

Also, if you put a coating of vasceline on their combs, it helps prevent frost bite on the tips.

Well, you take care and so glad you joined!
Sharon
 

rnjoyce

Hatching
8 Years
Aug 19, 2011
8
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Thanks chicmom! Any advice is appreciated to help us take care of these girls the right way!
 

danielle82

A Good Egg
10 Years
Apr 27, 2009
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7
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Tonasket Wa
If they are in a draft free area, chickens can actually tolerate a lot more cold than people think.
 
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pengimama

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 19, 2011
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Irwin, OH
from Central Ohio. Winter is a hot topic in this house too. It's coming fast and I definitely don't feel prepared either!
 

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