feeling worried -10 below

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mlfairbanks, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. mlfairbanks

    mlfairbanks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2015
    this is my first winter with my chickens. The inside coop is nice and warm and at night (on the super cold nights) i put hot water bottles underneath the hay to warm up their feet.

    They are outside right now but it is -20 below with the windchill. Should i be worried? should i lock them inside? Will they go in on their own if they are too cold?

    I put vaseline on their combs, they have plenty of fresh water and food.

    Am I worrying too much?

    Thanks for any input!
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    They are fine. They know how to go back in if they want, but it sounds like they want out. If it's sunny there like it is here that will make them happy. Right now some of mine are out, others would rather stay put, and it's -10 here now too.
  3. mlfairbanks

    mlfairbanks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2015
    thanks.. i keep checking on them like a helicopter mom..
  4. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

    Jan 23, 2013
    Pocono Mtns
    My Coop
    Right now, it is -9 with the wind chill here. This morning it was colder. I opened the coop door late this morning, and like always, they went charging outside, through the run, and out into the field. Right now they are sunning themselves. Most chickens adapt well to cold...better than the heat.
  5. kidfarmer

    kidfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2015
    I put bag balm on my girls combs and then put them in just for an hour that way they would warm up a little. I just let them back out and gave them a treat. I was worrying too but they seem to be ok for the time being! Temp here is 7 but feels like -10.
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    LIke us, the wind chill has no effect on the chickens unless they are actually out in the wind. What is the actual temperature?
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Do you have good ventilation?
    Moisture trapped in the coop will get you frostbite faster than anything else.
  8. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I've discovered that young chickens seem to be impervious to the cold, but my aging chickens mope and gripe and huddle together in tight groups when the temp refuses to get out of the single digits. I have one run that's separate from the main run, and although it's got plastic covering it to keep out the wind, it does get much colder since it juts out on the north side. Those three hens will go inside their coop to hang out and warm up periodically.

    If you have five to eight-year old hens like mine, I hang a heat lamp in the center of the run for them to warm up under. The oldest girls take full advantage.

    At night, they sleep close together on the perch so they stay plenty warm. I use Bag Balm on the tallest combs and I've never had a frost bite problem.

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