how cold before shutting windows

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by duckidaho, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. duckidaho

    duckidaho Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    How cold should it be before I start shutting the windows at night. Actually, we just moved and haven't put the glass on the chicken coop yet. Just square holes and hardware cloth. It's getting down to about 35 at night. I could put glass on on Sunday, maybe.
  2. Roy

    Roy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2007
    Central Illinois
    I try to leave the coop windows open as long as I can, I think it helps get my girls ready for even colder weather to come...
  3. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I don't have a totally enclosed coop. All my coops have wire for 'walls'. Our coops are framed up like houses with tin roofs and tin along the bottome to keep things from tearing in but the 'walls' are just chicken wire. Cold winter air breezes right through. Chickens do just fine. Our cold colds get around 26 F. My chickens can take the cold, it is the heat they don't like.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You need to have ventilation open all winter (well maybe not on the two worst days [​IMG]), so if you are going to close the windows (and you should, as normal windows are no good for wintertime use) then you have to ALSo have winter-worthy ventilation openings open.

    See the page in my .sig below for more details and ideas.

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    Just rediscovered an old book with 3 sections: human health, recipes and livestock. It was published in 1915.
    The author recommends coops with open air fronts. You are supposed to put canvas up when the temperatures dip below zero degrees Fahrenheit. The book is at home--I'll bring it to work next week and scan some pages for you.
  6. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    this subject has been on my mind as well. I appreciate you starting this thread duckidaho and everyone else for the comments.[​IMG]
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    One of our windows broke a few years ago - so when the nights get below freezing, we board up that open window till next spring.
  8. Garin

    Garin Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2009
    loudoun co., va
    I shut the windows that face the prevailing winds to prevent any drafts. I have two others that I keep open for ventilation. Birds can be pretty cold hardy.
  9. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    I keep one window open year round unless it gets below 5 or so or really super windy. Their coop door is also always open.
  10. duckidaho

    duckidaho Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    Thanks for all the advice. I feel better. We'll have plenty of ventilation whether the windows are open or not.

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