Cold weather

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nhorrin, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. nhorrin

    nhorrin Chirping

    Mar 12, 2011
    In past years (about 20) I have had many types of chickens. I have raised meat birds, sex links for eggs, old fashion New Hampshires, R. I. Reds, Plymouth Rocks and mixed Bantams. All of this took place in Southern New Hampshire. I now live in Northern New Hampsire about 10 miles from the Canadian border. I live in an open field with great mountain views but needless to say very cold tempertures and wind. It is not uncommon in winter for the temperture to dip to -20F. and the wind to blow at 30MPH. I am now retired and want to raise chickens again. I have been thinking about a small flock (25) of bantams. I need to build a coop and run and was wondering if anyone had experience with this type of weather. Can bantams withstand this weather or would I be better off with a large breed. Other questions are: Insulated copp? Heated coop? I've dealt with frozen water and frozen combs in the past. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    [​IMG] There are many threads on here about these topics and you will get answers both ways an each. Personally I have an insulated coop with a small radiant heater on a thermostat that keeps it a few degrees warmer than outside. I also have the run blocked on a couple of sides so they can be out of the weather when outside.....
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  4. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC nhorrin! 10 miles from Canada, eh?? Are you in Pittsburg?? Love it up there!! Anyways, back to your question, I think you might be better off w/ large breeds as opposed to banties. I would definately go w/ an insulated coop, but not a heated one. AS long as the chickens can get away from the wind & they are dry, I don't feel they need heat. I am south of you in MA, not nearly as brutal as winters up in the north country, my girls did fine this winter w/ all the snow we had. On the coldest day we had, it was -8f, they were all out bopping around in their run like it was a beach day. I did have 3 sides of the run covered w/ plastic sheeting to stop some of the winds, but I only put heat in their coop 1x because they got wet in the rain. I guess I lucked out, no one got frost bite on their combs & my hubby made me a cookie tin water heater that kept the h2o from freezing. Good luck w/ your chickies!!
  5. nhorrin

    nhorrin Chirping

    Mar 12, 2011
    Sorry I haven't thanked you folks yet for the information. Not real computer savey! I live in East Colebrook about 9 miles southeast of the Canadian border. It does get cold here and I'm getting some good ideas on coop design. Thanks to all!!

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