- Jun 18, 2017
I have three hens and I need a little help making their roost warm in the winter. I live in central Mississippi, so it doesn't get too cold, but we do have a some freezing nights and cold snaps! We had built the coop mainly worried it would get too hot, but our hens spend most of their time free ranging and even try to sleep outside, so we need to do something to make their roosting spot warmer/protected from the elements so that they don't end up spending so many cold nights in the garage lol. I've posted pics of the outside of our home-constructed coop, as well as the roosting area. We had tacked up plastic sack-type material all around to provide protection from rain yet allow air circulation. They pecked it all away. Do anyone recommend nailing boards around exposed back/sides of the roost and completely enclosing it? I know I have read that moisture can built up if it is too air tight and make it colder. Also, I'd added a board just under the roost in attempt to keep them from using the underneath as a nesting box, which I plan to remove so the bottom of the roost where the pine shavings are and poop falls down will be near to the ground. Tips are welcome! And yes, our coop could use some prettying up lol.