Hello from Alaska!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chichijohn, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. chichijohn

    chichijohn New Egg

    Feb 23, 2014
    So anyways I live in Palmer Alaska and we have put the girls (sexlink, reds) in the basement of the house because we were afraid that they would get cold (first winter), they have been pampered and well fed however they seem to be loosing weight and I think that they are a bit bored. The temperature is around 65 degrees in the basement and they have been lying eggs every day. Tomorrow the temp outside is going to be around 35 and I want to take them out for some fresh air and exercise, unless that is too much of a thermal shock to them.Your input would help my decision, thank you
  2. PimentoPlymouth

    PimentoPlymouth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    Welcome to BYC. Enjoy the chicken expierence its definalty a fun one. Chickens are usually pretty hardy animals as far as weather goes. How cold does it get there? Where I live we had windchills of -10 and they were ok in the coop outside.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    LOTS of people here from Alaska and all of them keep their birds outside in the coop. So if you work your ventilation properly and allow them to adjust to the cold temps, they survive all that nature throws at them. There may be times when the temp is going to be 30 degrees or more lower than the normal over night temps, and you may want to add some heat, but for the most part, they do just fine if allowed to acclimate.

    You will want to chat with others in Alaska on how they do it. Here is the Alaska thread. Introduce yourself and ask all the questions you need to. [​IMG]


    Your birds could probably handle a small amount of time outside today if it warms up enough, but work them into the colder temps slowly so their bodies can adjust.

    Good luck with your babies and enjoy BYC!
  4. emma p

    emma p Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2013
    Hello, and :welcome
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You mention they are losing weight, have they been wormed and/or checked for mites. Do they like the feed they are getting?
  6. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2012
    Southeast Alabama
    Great to have you join.

    We offset with additional greens in winter, since everything turns brown. Chickens love it.
  7. chichijohn

    chichijohn New Egg

    Feb 23, 2014
    I have not wormed them because, I don't know how to do that yet, and not sure how to identifie mites, no, they don't care for the feed very much
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the flock [​IMG]
  9. chichijohn

    chichijohn New Egg

    Feb 23, 2014
    Not sure how to check for worms or mites and they eat there feed but we supplement that with lots of greens

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