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Greetings from the Wicked Chicken Farm 10/19/2015

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Johnny311, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Johnny311

    Johnny311 Hatching

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    Hello I am Johnny, I live in upstate NY and brand new to the chicken world! My crazy daughter brought home 6 chickens from tractor supply and I have been following this site since they were chicks back in March.

    I am worried for their first winter and would like feedback on how to properly take care of our girls.

    I made a make-shift coop from an old shed, and scrap wood. It has a heat lamp with running electricity to it, is that enough to make it through a hard NY winter?

    I know about venting, and keeping it clean, just concerned and wish for more insight.

    THANK YOU on behalf of the wicked chickens who make deviled eggs!
     

  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

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    You can check with the other members in NY to see how they deal with your winters:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/231485/ny-chicken-lover

    Since your chickens are now about 7 months old, I wouldn't think they would need supplemental heat. Chickens do better in the cold than they do in the heat...those feathers are a great insulator. And with the risk of fire, it's just not worth keeping a heat lamp going all night.

    If you haven't done so already, the Learning Center is a great place to find helpful articles on all types of topics.

    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!
     
  3. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Crowing

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    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
     
  4. tdepointe

    tdepointe Chirping

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    Welcome to BYC!

    I agree with NorthFLChick, on the risk with heat lamps. I live in northeast CT and I do not heat the coop or use supplemental lighting. The concern is with drafts and proper ventilation. If the humidity rises in the coop in the cold weather the chikens can get frost bite on their feet and combs.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Good to point that out!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You might also check out the coops section to see what a coop needs inside to meet the needs of the birds.
     

  8. 7littlegirls

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    Hi! [​IMG]Welcome to BYC! I'm from Long Island NY and do not add heat to my coop. My chickens were fine last year and it was a cold one.
     
  9. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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  10. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     

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