First Alaskan Winter Coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by alaskanest, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. alaskanest

    alaskanest Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 27, 2014
    Hi, My husband and I just raised our first batch of 6 chicks over the summer and now we're turning our shed into a proper coop for winter. We live in Alaska, so standard temps run from 10F to -30F in winter. We've already had a couple of weeks between 32F - 20F at night and I'm anxious to get them into better shelter. I've done alot of reading on cold coops and ventillation, but I'd love any advice from northern neighbors. I love our peeps and want to take good care of them - 2 buff orpingtions, 2 easter eggers, 1 Rhode island red (I think) rooster. (We have already harvested the other RIR who also turned out to be a rooster-new territory for me for sure.) The 4 hens have been giving us 2-4 eggs a day for several weeks - it's great! Planning to keep them laying with supplimental light and probably heat in the coldest part of winter. Thanks for all the posts and articles that have helped us through the summer! Here is their current coop - a repurposed dog kennel - now supplimented with plywood and foam board surrounds and a red heat lamp at night. Not very sophjsticated, I know. I just hope they'll be alright until they are in their new house.
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, gets pretty cold up in your territory! Definitely stop by your state thread to chat with your neighbors to see how they survive your brutally cold winters!! Kelsie has left you with the link.

    Enjoy your lovely flock and welcome to ours!
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  6. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

  7. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Oh and your coop is great.
    mines an old outhouse ( a large one ) lol
    I am also getting ready to up grade :)
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. We have visited Alaska on several occasions and love it there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the flock, so glad you joined BYC.

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