How can i make sure my chickens stay warm in winter?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by joycespell, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. joycespell

    joycespell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am just wondering how else i can warm up my chickens i already have a heating lamp and a wind-proof barn and i leave them in there on very cold days with food water and about 3-4 inches of straw on the ground. Any suggestions???
     
  2. france4862

    france4862 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like that is efficient enough
     
  3. joycespell

    joycespell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes but some of them are still sluggish and cold just
     
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    YlwBrchHobbyFrm Out Of The Brooder

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  5. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't have to do anything to help the chickens "Stay warm". They are perfectly suited to handle the cold weather already. Check out the link below, on pg24, you can read about how chickens were kept in open air coops in -40 weather. So what you have in Tenn. is nothing to them.
    Get that heatlamp out of there, and let them properly acclimate to the weather. You are doing them no favors with that lamp. You are just running up your electric bill, and taking a real chance on burning your barn down.
    I keep my birds in an open air coop. I get temps down into the single digits at times, and they do fine, I never noticed any "Sluggishness" with them. They can't wait to get out in the morning, they pour out of the coop like maniacs, no matter the temp.
    You have proper ventilation, right? If not, that could be a reason for their sluggishness. You DO NOT want to keep them in a sealed up box for the winter. That causes far more problems than the cold.




    https://archive.org/stream/openairpoultryho00wood#page/n7/mode/2up
     
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  6. joycespell

    joycespell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks JackE that really helps and thanks to everyone who replied [​IMG]
     
  7. joycespell

    joycespell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i do have proper ventilation
     
  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine tend to do bursts of energy in colder temps, they actually free range.. we've had some cold snaps as of late, even a bit of snow and sleet, they rest for a bit then take off back to their happy digging...

    For indoor ideas, you can toss some scratch and/or BOSS(black oil sunflower seeds) about to give them stimulation.
     
  9. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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