Cold weather ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by reksat, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. reksat

    reksat Chirping

    Mar 7, 2011
    Its been pretty cold here the last few days (lows in the single digits) I was wondering for the chicks well being would it be better to leave them in the coop shut up for warmth or leave the pop door open to the cold and let them come and go out as they please. I,m worried about frostbite on thier combs and so forth. My coop is well ventilated and dry . I,m just concerned. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    They'll make up their own minds. They're chickens. They have instinctive preferences and will react according to their inner directive.
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  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Here is mine a couple of winters ago when it was 4 degrees F. I give mine the option. They don't like wind, but cold does not bother them. Several of mine even get used to snow and go out to forage in it if grass and weeds are sticking up where they can get to them.

  4. krcote

    krcote Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Let them out, they will be just fine [​IMG]
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    mine run around in -10*...go figure!
    They go to protection when they want to...they will be fine.

    Here is a couple pics of mine on the back door step...chilly, but loving it, it was around 0* this morning...


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  6. reksat

    reksat Chirping

    Mar 7, 2011
    Thanks everyone.My minds at ease somewhat. With over 10 inches of snow the other day i shoveled out the run and they didnt seem to mind but as for the snow in the yard they didnt bother until I blowed an area out for them to free range, then they went exploring. They act as if the snow is some kind of disease they dont like it.
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well...most breeds have bare [​IMG] It helps if you toss around some straw in the areas you shoveled for them [​IMG]

  8. UrbanFarmerGreg

    UrbanFarmerGreg Chirping

    Oct 11, 2011
    This is my first winter with chickens and I let mine out during the day with the option to go in and out of their doorless 'coop', but now that it is getting colder at night I was wondering if I should put a door on their 'coop' (more like a 5x2x2.5 house). I have read several times that ventilation is good but drafts are not... any suggestions on what to do?
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:Well...personally I would never leave the door open unless your run is like Fort Knox, welded wire all the way around - including on the run 'roof'. But yeah, in winter especially I'd stick a door on there to close at night. In such a short coop, it's hard to work that ventilation vs drafts things. Normally, you'd want vent. higher than the roosting chickens. Up high gives a place for warm moist air (from poop and respiration) to escape, since warm air rises. But you want no cold breezes to be able to reach your roosting birds. That's harder to do in a short coop. So you might work your ventilation out at the end furthest away from the roost, and tack burlap or something over it (to diffuse/buffer winds). JMO
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Here is some of my brother's chickens.


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