Cold in Canada

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wr4546, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. wr4546

    wr4546 New Egg

    Oct 16, 2011
    -3 degrees F ,in the coop last night .What would be a good temp to keep layers happy?Oh by the way i am a new member,hi everyone.
    Thanks Warren&Lori
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

  4. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Whoa you must be pretty far north! I only have 4 chickens in a 4x4 coop. I use a heat lamp that comes on at 20 degrees over the roost at night. It might get down to zero in there but they get a little radiant warmth from it. I have an insulated coop with no drafts, and ventilation up high although I don't need a lot of ventilation when it is really cold out. Many people don't use heat. [​IMG]
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Whoa! You MUST be further north... we've only gotten down to 19F so far... where are you?
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Hi there wr4546,

    Welcome to BYC. Gosh am I glad it's not that cold here. [​IMG]

    Chickens can survive very cold temperatures. But there is much more involved than just the ambient air temp. You should be looking into being sure that they are not in drafts, but still have adequate ventilation. The fluxuations in your weather. Insulation of your coop. The cold hardiness/ breeds you have.
    Also take into consideration the how you view your chickens. If they are pets to some degree, that may affect how you want to keep them.
    If you choose to heat the coop, be sure that you do so safely. Lots of people do heat their coop without problems. There is nothing wrong with making that decision.

    Imp- Best of Luck.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  8. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! Wow, that is cold for this early in the year! Dry and draft-free are key.

  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Wow, that is cold [​IMG] It was in the 90sF here today, so I have absolutely no experience with keeping chickens in cold weather, but I do wish you the best of luck with them [​IMG]
  10. Ema

    Ema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    Hi from northern ontario... [​IMG]

    its been cold here too, but my chickens are quite happy, their doors were wide open today and they were outside enjoying the mixed weather. check out the link provided above, good info provided on there.


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