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Cold weather chick owners!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by plbedard, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. plbedard

    plbedard New Egg

    First year with chicks and it gets to -35C up here. Just wondering if anyone has good advice to survive the winter with 7 banties and 2 muscovies?
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    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.
     
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    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
     
  4. mnblonde

    mnblonde Out Of The Brooder

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    i am in MN gets cold here too!!![​IMG]
    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

    Packer Backer in mn

    aka mnblonde
     
  5. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    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.
     
  6. Montana-Hens

    Montana-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!
     
  7. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's all about the water dish.
     

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