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Cold weather question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Centralflafred, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. Centralflafred

    Centralflafred Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a flock of 9 N.H. Reds and 3 bantams here in central Fla. The Temps are predicted to get to 29° tonight. I keep the girls in a 10X10 dog kennel and have 10X 7 of it covered heavy tarp material to keep out the rain and hot Florida sun. The wife thinks we need to put out some kind of a heat lamp and close up the kennel all the way for this weather. When I leave for work most nights I'll look in on them and they'll be sitting on the roosts sleeping when I leave. Do I need to take extra care tonight?

    What say ye?
     
  2. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say NO ... 29 is really not that cold. If you want to hang something down the sides to cut down on drafts, that would be a plus.
     
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    No. They'll be fine. [​IMG]
     
  4. Centralflafred

    Centralflafred Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I was thinking they'd be OK.

    Maybe it's a guy thing.

    That Mars and Venus stuff kicking in.
     
  5. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
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    I would not use a heat lamp but maybe have a heavy blanket or a tarp so the sleeping area is more sheltered. They can at least find a spot that is protected from the wind and stays a bit warmer. Make sure they have liquid water. This will be short-lived and the days will be above freezing. Bad for your strawberries though!!~!! Strawberry Festival in Plant City is soon.....Used to go when I lived in Tampa
     
  6. Centralflafred

    Centralflafred Out Of The Brooder

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