Cold weather chick owners!

Hangin Wit My Peeps

AutumnBreezeChickens.com
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
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Birnamwood, Wisconsin
HUH - 35 C? It gets -35 F here and I asked the same question...I was told to keep a heat lamp on in the coop if the weather got to below freezing although some don't even do that and their birds are just fine. Our weather here has been down to 24 at night and it stayed above 40 in our insulated coop just with the hens heat alone...I didn't even turn on the heat lamp.
 

Opa

Opa-wan Chickenobi
12 Years
May 11, 2008
9,573
458
336
Howell Michigan
Make sure that your coop is draft free and you could add a heat emitter for warmth. It doesn't produce any light. The best price I found was from www.naturallighting.com $24.95 for a 250 watt emitter.
You could plug it into a thermostatically controlled outlet so that it turns on at 35 degrees F and off at 40. The best price for an inexpensive thermostat was at www.americanlivestocksupply.com about $12
Hope this info helps
 

mnblonde

In the Brooder
11 Years
Sep 27, 2008
10
1
24
mn
i am in MN gets cold here too!!!

I havent had a prob keeping chickens at all but my coop is well insulated and part of the barn-keeping the water unfrozen is the hardest part--I also bring my birds hot mash once a day-usually oatmeal

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aka mnblonde
 

Chick_a_dee

Songster
11 Years
May 23, 2008
1,892
15
171
Peterborough, ON
i'm in southeastern ontario, near ottawa, it's been -14 so far, we aren't adding heat, just a 100w bulb for lighting and to keep the water from freezing. the chickens don't seem to care about the cold, they go outside, and don't hang around the light bulb.

i'd add shavings, and draft proof as best you can.
 

Montana-Hens

Songster
11 Years
Feb 20, 2008
320
6
143
Buxton, Montana
I am here in Montana, where the first snow came early, but we are having some unseasonably warm days and my ladies think it is summer b/c it is in the 40's!
 

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