- Aug 15, 2015
I got such a warm welcome back in the summer when I bought my chickens thank you! I have been pouring over threads and threads of information about how to take care of chickens in the winter. I have wrapped my entire coop (minus the vent systems) in thick clear plastic, put a deep deep layer of bedding on both floors, put an ungodly amount of straw in the run, and installed a heat lamp and secured it safely in the coop only to be used on below zero nights (probably just to make me feel better I know). Anyways my question is this......my girls are totally free range all day and come to the coop on their own in the evening. Everywhere says they will be fine in winter as long as they are kept dry. Well they don't care if they get wet. Actually their favorite days are the rainiest ones. So if it is a snowy day and they are out all day then they will be wet when they come in at night! Should I not let them out if they are calling for snow? Should I make sure to turn on the heat lamp on nights they come in from the snow wet? I just don't know about this one! Thanks so much...sorry long winded. I've been racking my brain on this.