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Frosty coop...wet/frosty backs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by All about the EGG, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. I noticed some frost on the inside of the coop last night, but now all four walls have frost. I also noticed the ladies have a little frost/ice/moisture on their backs. It was -10 w bad windchills overnight, and the coop is not insulated. They are not as perky, but the nest box was full and they are pecking around. The temp in the coop is 0 degrees.

    Anyone else experience this with the frost? i am assuming the moisture is building, thus the frost.
  2. beth123

    beth123 In the Brooder

    Dec 1, 2008
    My coop is not insulated either. two of my girls had ice on there backs also. We have wind chill's of -18 to -28 I am not going to let my girls out today they don't seem to mind but my goats are not happy.
  3. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I haven't been out yet.. but so far so good.
    Sounds like you need more ventilation in the coop.

    Mine has quite a bit of ventilation and it was warm last night, but not moist. And mine is not insulated either.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    What do you have open for ventilation?
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    sounds like you need a vent at the peak or top of ya coop,,, the frost is frozen moisture ,, the moisture comes from the heat generated by the chickens body, and breathing.
  6. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master 11 Years

    Feb 8, 2007
    Its because it is SOOO cold. I had that a week ago, when we hit
    -18°F without windchill. All my silkies had frost on their backs. Once it warmed up over 0, it went away. I had never seen it before in all the years I had had birds, and have not seen it since.
  7. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Songster

    May 8, 2008
    we have ventilation out the wazoo in our coop and still have had frost build up the last few days.
    When we had the horses at home every winter there would be frost on the ceiling of the loft.
    Sometimes no matter how much ventilation you have you will still get frost.
  8. I just think it was because it was sold cold. The heated water bowl had evaporated a bit and had frost on it. They are fine now. They got some sun, and the coop warmed in the sun as well.
  9. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I had a little frost on the walls today in my coop as well.. and it's ventilated well. I opened the door for 10 minutes or so. It was toasty warm in there.. so I cooled it down a bit. Not sure WHEN my chickens will go back outside... they are afraid of the snow!

    I videoed my rooster walking on the snowy driveway today.. he'd lift his feet really high to walk!
  10. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    We have some frost on the walls. Mostly on the back of the front door and pop door, and where I haven't put insulation in where we made the windows smaller.

    I'm getting frost and frozen bedding because mine are on a cement foundation that was poured 90 years ago, IE before grading and special moisture control in cement.

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