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Hardy or stupid chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 31 parkway, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. 31 parkway

    31 parkway Just Hatched

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    I have 6 three month old chickens (2 blk. australorps, 2 buff o., and 2 speckled s.). After having built them a nice coop and run. They huddle up outside on the wire floor of the run. Our temps. in PA are now in the teens and twenties. Should I expect to find frozen chicken dinners in my pen or is this normal. Their pen is 4'x wide, 4' high, and 6' long. Their run is the same dimensions. Both pen and run are 2 and a half feet off ground. They seem healthy and happy, but do they know enough to come in from the cold.
    Just call me 31
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!
    That's just what my chickens have been doing the past 4 years ( during winter) since I got them! So they are just trying to stay warm. The coop to them normally is a sleeping/egg laying place only :D.
     
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    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I think you need to run them into your coop at night, whether they want to or not. The wire will give them frost bite on their toes and being outside they will attract predators around your area. So I personally think you need to get them inside the coop at night every night. Once they get used to sleeping in there, they will probably not want to sleep outside.
     
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  7. 31 parkway

    31 parkway Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the advice. Unlike most people who seek advice, I will follow yours.
    Thanks
    31

    What type of egg basket do you recommend for 6 hens and a 4 year old helper who will be carrying the eggs for me.
    Thanks
    31 parkway
     
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  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] x2 the above. Beside the possibility of frostbite, many predators are active after dark and your hens will be easy, easy prey for them. Put them in the coop yourself, if needed. After a few nights they will get the hint and go in there by themselves.
     
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