Hi everyone! I'm new and I have a question;)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by katiechicknlady, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. katiechicknlady

    katiechicknlady New Egg

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    Hello, BYC. So this is my first year raising chickens...they have been such a blast! Our coop is an old shed that we renovated and then added a large connected run to it. We have 12 standards (Buffs, Barred Rocks, New Hampshires, Sex Links, Sussex & Americaunas) & 5 Bantams (Sebrights & Duckwings). The shed/coop has been great during the summer, but now that fall is staring to come on I'm starting to think about winterizing. I'm wondering if it will be a problem that the flooring is cement? I live in far Northern Colorado. The climate is very dry, windy and quite cold in the winters (well below freezing, though rarely for an extended period of time). Also, the coop has one larger South facing window, but I'm considering adding another Eastern facing window to get the early morning sun in there for my ladies. Any input/information would be very much appreciated!:)
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] The most important things with a winter coop is that it is kept as dry as possible and draft free, without compromising on ventilation. There are quite a few discussions on what to do and not, like this one:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/392510/first-winter-with-chickens/0_50

    So have a look around the Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance section and/or type in keywords such as "winter coop" into the search bar above and see what the members say worked for them.
     
  3. katiechicknlady

    katiechicknlady New Egg

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    Great, I'll take a look:) Thanks so much!
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. hungnguyen

    hungnguyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Katie,
    In winter, your main concern is to protect them from the North wind and any rain. Otherwise they can stand the cold temp., mostly. For younger chicken when feathers are not quite full, some heat lamps will help them keeping warm. The concrete floor will be too cold so keep the young chicks away; or you can add a layer of sand on top of the concrete.
     
  6. chickenfreak101

    chickenfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] The concrete floor should hopefully prevent rodents and other predators from burrowing in from underground.
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  9. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2ft by 2 ft slabs of concrete pads for my floor. I put them on 4" by 4" posts that I laid them on top of. l have no issues with the cold, i put straw down on top and that works great and it keeps the rodents from getting in. Easy to hose down when needed.
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    X 2 bedding on the concrete at least in the winter.
     

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