Freezing tonight

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by birdwrangler057, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    My grandmother and mother are worried about it being too cold for my birds, its supposed to get down to 35 degrees tonight. Sould I install a light, I read that its unhealthy for them to have a heat lamp. Help please.
     
  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    I live in Michigan and it gets colder than that here and I just leave them how they are. My coop is very well insulated and they don't seem to have a problem with the temperature.
     
  3. BoyankaTheBuff

    BoyankaTheBuff Out Of The Brooder

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    They should be ok as long as the temperature change is not a shock (for instance, going from heated to non-heated) and as long as they have ventilation and protection from drafts/moisture. What kind of birds do you have?
     
  4. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally am not worried about it, my grandma is. I have Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Jersey giants, and EE's. it usually gets down to 40-45 degrees on a regular basis. Get pretty cold in Michigan
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    They'll be fine.
     
  6. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for assuring that.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    As long as your Coop is vented properly your RIR should be fine.....Frost bite can happen if moisture is high.......Vaseline helps to prevent that.....


    Cheers!
     
  8. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I actually have been rubbing Vaseline on their comb/waddles for years!
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens


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    Cheers!
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You can remind your Grandma that all those breeds (except the EE, they came up from South America) were developed in New England or (old) England long before there was electricity. They're from hardy stock.

    I know folks in the south are always more worried about birds in the cold. Remember, folks in the north keep birds with no heat, where it doesn't get above freezing for days on end.

    As long as they have enough feed and water, are dry and out of the wind, in a decently ventilated coop where moisture does not build up, they'll be all good.
     
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