hens too cold and windy to come out for food and water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by geepers6, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. geepers6

    geepers6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We recently moved and are using the eglu cube for the winter. I have 4 hens. Barred rock, buff Orpington and two wyandottes. There is no way to put food and water in the cube and it's been so cold and windy that the girls are reluctant to come out to their tiny attached run.
    I'm worried that all this stress will harm them. Any suggestions from other cube owners who live in a cold climate. It's 5 below and windy this morning.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated. The eglu seemed like a perfect solution for the winter but I'm afraid it might not work. I'm not handy at all
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Could you protect your run with plastic sheeting / even feed bags? It may encourage them to venture outside maybe [​IMG]
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Yeah.....Construction grade vapour barrier or even a Tarp will work......Totally secure it so it does not flap and scare the birds.......



    Cheers!
     
  4. geepers6

    geepers6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. We're pretty tarped up. I'm wondering what the issues are for eglu cube owners. I've read tons of reviews and everyone seems to love them. They haven't come out today. It's 10:22 and 4 degrees. Their food and water are outside the cube. Thanks for your comment. I'm a worrisome chicken owner.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Put straw down in the run.......


    Not sure what else you can do?


    Cheers!
     
  6. geepers6

    geepers6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try that! Thanks.
     
  7. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are loving their straw: I put a flake or two in yesterday and they got busy! More flakes today!
     
  8. geepers6

    geepers6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do seem happier with the straw. Stil working on making the eglu run more user friendly.
     

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