first winter with my chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sd38-2, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. sd38-2

    sd38-2 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 1, 2016
    Valparaiso Indiana
    This is the first winter with our chickens. We have had some cold temps near 0 and the 4 girls have been fine. Now on sunday we are supposed to have a low temp of -14, located in northern indiana near chicago. Im going to keep the coop closed up that day. I have between 6 and 8 inches of pine and straw bedding in the coop. My coop is 4ft by 4ft, i keep a light in it but its not a heat lamp. Do i need to add any heat to the coop or will the 4 chickens be fine in the 4x4 space?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    They'll be fine but they need fresh air. They'll still want to come outside.
    I sincerely hope you have some big open windows in there.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2016
  3. barneveldrerman

    barneveldrerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, if you just let them out for a little while to get fresh air it would help them. And to keep them warm at night you should be fine.

    Hope this helps and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.[​IMG]

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