Extremely COLD !!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SparkleTia, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. SparkleTia

    SparkleTia Out Of The Brooder

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    It is extremely cold where I live and I was wondering what I can do to keep my chickens warm? I have locked them away in the coop closed all the air vents and windows but I dont know if that is enough! Any ideas????
     
  2. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as there are no drafts, they should do ok. Adding heat from a heat lamp or other source could help, however the drastic shift from a heated coop to an outside run can develop respiratory problems (very similar to those humans can get when they experience temp changes), so heating at this point could be a risk. I have boarded my chickens completely at night, applied vaseline to combs for sub-zero temps, and added extra bedding to the floor for added warmth. Outside of this, there is little an owner can do that won't be harmful to the birds.

    *Note - there is a little bit of controversy over vaseline. Some people say it doesn't work well. I have experienced very good luck using it. A substitute for vaseline is bag balm ( more traditional). It can also protect from frostbite when applied to combs and waddles.
     
  3. SparkleTia

    SparkleTia Out Of The Brooder

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    @cstronks Ok how often do you apply Vaseline or the bag balm to their combs and waddles.
     

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