- May 12, 2012
how cold can a chicken withstand (barbrock plymonth) and what to do when it reaches that temp????????????????????
This has been our experience as well. We did have a few hens that got a touch of frostbite on the ends of their combs during their first harsh winter, where we had several weeks of below-zero temps. Our coop is insulated but a bit drafty. They huddle together, and on the really cold nights, we hung a heat lamp in there. I've bought a coop heater for next winter, that should keep the coop at about 40 degrees. I do wonder though if keeping the coop heated (even a little) will make them less able to handle being outside in the colder temps?Chickens handle cold better than hot.