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Freezing single digit temps

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicknutz, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. chicknutz

    chicknutz Hatching

    Jan 4, 2014
    It is suppose to be 4 degrees in Northern VA Monday/Tuesday, can golden comets handle it? Would an outdoor uninsulated brick garage provide sufficient barrier from those temperatures?

  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Songster

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    Chickens do surprisingly well against cold temperatures. As long as they are out of direct drafts they will be fine. We had those temperatures here the past 2 days and I have to hens who won't sleep inside and even these cold temps didn't make them change their mind and sleep inside.
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Chickens are not polar bears we have to keep in mind. Laying, vocal, and active birds in my opinion is a sign everything is right in their world. That being said when a chicken has 4 trips around the sun it is there as a pet not for egg production. If your birds or animals are showing signs of stress you have to do what is right in your situation. The one size fits all is a recipe for disaster.

    Take inventory on your animals daily and make daily decisions is what I do summer and winter. A heat lamp and TLC can happen not only in winter and not always due to cold.

    In Canada I am subject to -40ยบ cold snaps. I do NOT heat or give extra light in my coop. Murphy's law says my birds will find out what -40 is all about when my hydro goes out. Regardless what you decide feed Extra Corn over the winter you will not be sorry.

    Or something like this may help also; You could even knit a hoodie for those extra cold days..


    Last edited: Jan 5, 2014

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