Cold Temperatures

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by carlye2001, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. carlye2001

    carlye2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read the preparing for winter thread, but notice most people have coops. My girls free range. I have RIR's, whites, and EE's. In anticipation of this big cold front, we built a covered area and put their food and water in it to entice them in. They hate it. Now, the weather channel has us down to 29 for up to 8 hours tomorrow night (far North Houston) and they won't go in. They are all up on their perch on a fence. It is blocked on one side from a wall, one side somewhat by tarps, but the other two are open. Will they be okay? We don't usually get this cold in November, so I was really expecting a couple more months. Should I wait until they go to roost tomorrow and pluck them up and make them go indoors? I know it isn't that cold compared to what so many have to deal with, but they don't have any real cover and won't go in.
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    How do you keep them safe from predators at night? Mine would have been picked off a long time ago by owls, coyotes and raccoons. If it's not raining or a wet, heavy snow and they're out of the wind, they should be fine.
     

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