Cold where you are?? I mean really cold? How are your chickens handling it?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cynthia12, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Here is a blue girl that I decide to take some pictures of. She was just standing there, then curled her leg and foot up, I was talking to her, and here's what she had to say back at me...or ask I should say.
    Mom? When is this cold going away? My feet are so cold!! That's what she said,
    pretty sure. :)
    It has been either single digit, or minus here, but this gal is laying well, and, so are my other
    ones that are laying hens. Good girls! How about you guys? Getting eggs where you are
    if it's cold? I do have a heat lamp in the coop, but it doesn't keep it warm and cozy when it's
    - 3 out there!
  2. Soleil_A

    Soleil_A Chillin' With My Peeps

    right now we are on a wind chill warning, and i feel terrible for leaving my chickens outside in it. i am constantly bringing them warm food. they never want to come outside into the run!! it’s currently -5 right now but that’s with no wind chill. it feels like -24 is what my weather says. stay warm!
  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    Hey, Cynthia! Pretty girl!!

    Don't worry about wind chill. It has no affect on critters that are sheltered and out of the wind. It's a perceived temperature - what the combination of wind and temperature feels like on exposed skin. No exposure, no wind chill. So the ambient temperature is the one you take into consideration.
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Tomorrow will be the coldest day so far this year where I live. -10F for high and -22F overnight. In preparation of that utilized the warm teens yesterday to replace the long over-doo litter in coop. Hay is tossed down in run area for them to walk on and they are getting more "treats" than normal. Sunflower seed and corn.

    They certainly are not happily running about the yard like other seasons but are comfortable. More so than the puffed out birds coming to the feeders. Have a few Junco's that sit on the ground with feathers puffed like a ball under a feeder waiting for more seed to drop from Bluejays thrashing through it. They sit there barely moving all day.

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