First sub 30 degree night...anxious...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jeffross1968, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    I don't mind telling you that I'm more than a little anxious about our first night in the 20's. Low is supposed to be around 25. This will be the coldest night since we started owning chickens. I guess I'm not too worried about the adults in their big coop. But, the 3 that were hatched on Sept 26th...

    I have been weaning them off the heat lamp at night and this will be night 3 without it. First night was around 37, last night around this is their first outside night below freezing. From what I can tell, they have finished feathering out. I blocked off their access to the run for the night, because they have been stressing about the dark I think, and sleeping in the run where they can see the light inside the house. So, first night below freezing, first real night in the dark. I wonder if I'm more or less scared than they are, LOL!

    So uh, how about a little reassurance from you long time chicken owners with experience...or, for the love of all that is holy, tell me if I'm doing the wrong thing [​IMG]

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    They will be fine. Winter is going to be even worse and nothing can stop winter from coming. They will huddle up and be just fine. Really.[​IMG]
  3. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Songster

    Jun 21, 2011
    Waldo County, Maine
    Ayuh. Whether it's just tonight or a run of a few days, they'll huddle up if they need to, just like they would do if they were chicks. They'll be fine.
  4. simplynewt

    simplynewt Chirping

    Sep 12, 2011
    My Coop
    We will be getting down to 31 this evening and I am in the same boat. Not so worried about the girls as I am on how warm the coop will keep them. Using pine shavings I think will help in retaining the heat but anxious as you are on how they will fare. I expect to go out in the morning to let them out into the run and see all of them ready to go.

    How are you doing their waterer? Heated?
  5. hispoptart

    hispoptart Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    NW Colorado
    It was 12 here this morning and my chickens did just fine.
  6. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    I hear ya! It's going to be around 30 tonight and I'm also a little anxious. It seems so cold! I know - they're chickens, they'll be fine. Hopefully, I'll get past this or it's going to be a long winter! [​IMG]
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Go out tonight and tuck your little ones into the same nest box and create a cocoon for them....their shared body heat will keep them well. They have down coats on!

  8. mommissan

    mommissan Songster

    Jul 4, 2011
    Mine slept outside all day when it was 17. They love the cold stuff.
  9. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Quote:No, they have 2, and I took one inside that I will take out with warm water in the morning when I let them out of the coop. However, I saw plans somewhere here on BYC for placing a light bulb inside of a cinderblock (which their waterer is already sitting on) with a cinder block step stone on top. Apparently, the light bulb inside one of the block holes is enough to warm the stone and keep the water from freezing. Probably do that sometime in the next week...
  10. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    [​IMG] Yep your doing the right thing they will be just fine. They know how to stand the climate [​IMG]

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