How can I get them to warm up??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BeccaB00, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Ok so I am asking all the questions I can for the winter xD
    What can I give my chickens in the winter to help warm them up some when its really cold? most of them are in 10x10x6 chainlink dog kennels and so I was wondering if there are anything that they can eat to warm them up since I can't put in a heat lamp in the winter? I know cooked quick oats are good, but any other helpful suggestions would be great!
  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2009
    Very Hot water in a bucket with a lid - heat disapates slowly and warms the girls.
  3. jafo

    jafo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Cracked corn / scratch. It's a high energy food, and helps body temp in the winter.
  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    We have a dog bowl heater under the waterer; keeps it from getting frozen. We don't usually heat the coop, but it's full of insulation and their body heat keeps it nice and toasty. They have pretty high body temps! If it gets below 0 we put a heat lamp in, but they're usually fine.

    Chickens, particularly heritage breeds, are hardy little things. They should be fine.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2010
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    If you can keep your hens out of the wind, and have enough to heat your coop, they can take surprising cold weather. If your weather varies greatly like mine does, we can be 50 degrees at noon for several days, and then dip to 10 - 20 below! When it is very very cold, feed MORE! Food digestion makes heat in the body, send them to bed with a full crop.

    Mine are particularly fond of oatmeal, cooked and warm, corn meal mush, served warm, but they really love cornbread and scratch.


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