Cold Weather

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Stephied44, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Stephied44

    Stephied44 New Egg

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    Do chickens need supplemental heat in cold temps? This is our first winter with 11 Rhode Island Reds and we live in Iowa.
    We made them a coop inside our garage for protection against the wind, but it is not heated. We know to keep the water from freezing and i bought a bale of timothy hay for snuggling.
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be fine. Adding heat will make it harder for them to deal with the outside temps. Make sure that there is enough ventilation for them as too much moisture from their poop will cause frostbite. Also, make sure the wind doesn't blow directly across their roost, but that shouldn't be a concern in the garage.
     
  3. Chickmagnet36

    Chickmagnet36 Out Of The Brooder

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    They should be fine especially if they are in a draft free environment. Besides, if you give them a heat source (most likely electrical), then what happens when you lose power? The sudden drop in temperature will shock them. They will be better off adaping to the cold temps naturally, rather than acclimating them in warmer temps by use of heat source, in my opinion...
     
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Sounds like you've received some good advice already good luck to you.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  6. jmandawn

    jmandawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Good luck with your girls, RIR are good hardy chickens, looks like you've gotten lots of good advice on getting them through the winter.
     
  8. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I think your chickens will have a lot easier time getting thru the winter(with coop in barn) while humans will have quite a struggle- as usual.
     
  10. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
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