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Colorado chicken raising in Cold Weather

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CocksAndHens, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. CocksAndHens

    CocksAndHens New Egg

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    This is our first time raising chickens and temperatures went from the eighties all the sudden 17 degrees at night definitely below freezing. We have black Jersey Giants that have full grown mostly since March of this year 2016. I have been told and researched every where not to use any heat lamps even the folks up in Canada chickens 20 degree temperatures below zero. They seem to be doing excellent and very happy what layer of Vaseline on their Combs and wattles. Any other thoughts for stuff you have learned living in Colorado or cold temperatures? Seems like the coop is kept around 30 to 40 degrees at night using a remote thermometer... with no heat but their own bodies
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2016
  2. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Hi C&H,

    Although I'm a bit south of you, I'm probably close to the same altitude. I've got my birds in an unheated coop and they've been fine for the past few years. They are wearing down coats after all. [​IMG]

    Make sure you have good ventilation, and that their roost is wide enough so that their bodies cover their toes while roosting.

    Welcome to BYC - glad you joined us!
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. From what i have read, I also echo @Friday's advice. These links may be helpful

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-chicken-keeping

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-coop-temperatures

    More generally, you'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you


    All the best
    CT
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC.[​IMG]
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    You've already received some good advice and links to check out, so I'll just say hello and it's nice to have you here!
     
  7. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     
  9. kwon

    kwon Out Of The Brooder

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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens. [​IMG]
     

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