Cold weather

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SarahNaoma, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. SarahNaoma

    SarahNaoma Hatching

    Nov 30, 2017
    Hi all!:jumpy New here!
    This is my first winter with my girls. I have a Silkie, a Banty and an Orpington buff/Black hen. I live in California where tempertures are 109F in summers and drop to 20F at night in winter. The past few nights have been in the 20'sF and it dropped rather quickly. They have been roosting together every night but not sure if i should add a heat lamp for them.
    Please help!
  2. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    As long as they are fully feathered, fully grown, and have adequate shelter, they should be plenty warm at 20 degrees F.
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  3. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly

    Aug 1, 2015
    My Coop
    Daytime highs where I live are often well below 20°F. I own or have owned all those breeds.
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  4. :welcome They can regulate their body temp much easier than you think. They'll be fine with shelter from the wind and rain .
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I'm in Alberta Canada...We get much colder than that here..Your Birds will be fine....
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  6. My son is in northern MN and has those breeds as well. They have no heat and it gets to -35 often. He's never lost a bird or had frostbitten combs. Good ventilation and thick bedding.

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