Have you ever had a chicken freeze to death?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by annmarie, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. annmarie

    annmarie Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Since many of us are dealing with or about to deal with the latest "arctic blast" or whatever they're calling it, (Not much of a blast in my opinion!) I'd love to know how many of us have had a chicken freeze to death, and if yes, what were the circumstances.
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    English Chick just lost two of hers yesterday due to being exposed to a draft in the coop... So sad.
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I think it was Equibling that lost a few as well, not sure why.

    Mine have been fine, even with the messy ducks in the coop - and we've been pretty darn chilly here in Nebraska.
  4. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    My friend lost 2 during the last cold snap when it got down to 3 degrees. But she has had a real hard time getting her free range chickens to use her coop. These 2 roosted out on the dog pen fence and froze stiff overnight. Another survived by cuddling up to the lab dog. If you have proper housing for them to use where drafts are controlled and where they can huddle together for warmth, then I wouldn't be too worried. I was thinking this morning as it is 2 degrees how all those little sparrows, cardinals, chickadees, etc. seem to survive just fine -- though they do flock to the feeders to fuel up on cold mornings.
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I have some 9 week olds that I recently moved to the coop. They are in a cage separated from the others and have 2 lamps on them. It has been in the single digits here, and they seem fine. Those 2 lamps and the body heat from the chickens keep the coop fairly nice. There is a rabbit that is currently housed in the coop, and her water dish wasn't even frozen this morning. A lot of credit has to go to the construction of the coop. It was originally a summer kitchen that was built in the 1930's, and there are no drafts.
  6. I had a cinnamon queen find a cozy place under a propt up board.
    Problem was it was right next to the barn wall and there is a space to the outside there. She was on top of concrete and when I removed the board, there she was. I am guessing she passed due to freezing to death.
  7. I lost one that was very sick to begin with. Have not lost any healthy ones. I'm in Colorado.
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    years ago I had chickens in an uninsulated coop. I had an 8" concrete block holding up the nests.. one of the chickens squeezed herself into one of the holes in that block.. I do not know how long she was in there, but when I found her her feathers were frozen to the cement.. and the cement block was frozen to the floor.. she lost a few feathers on the extraction operation, but after a warm drink of water and some food she snapped back to normal.. [​IMG] happy ending..
  9. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    With this cold are people leaving them in the coop and not opening the pop door? Is that too much of a draft?
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I have an automatic door opener/closer on my coop. Once I figured that everyone was getting in a night I quit doing bedcheck. About a month ago when we had our first real cold spell with lots of wind, one of my BO's got shut out. I found her the next morning lying next to the door. Now I'm back to doing bedchecks.

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