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How cold is TOO cold for a chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenNOOB, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. ChickenNOOB

    ChickenNOOB New Egg

    Aug 1, 2008
    I'm sort of worried about some cold fronts coming around my area. it hasn't been a problem until now, because I live further south. can anyone tell me when chickens will catch sicknesses or need a heat lamp? In farenhiet OR celcius?
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    i dont worry about it until it nears the freezing mark.

    NU CHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    I would like to know as well. [​IMG] How cold is too cold?
  4. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    I hold with PouletsDeCajun (your name makes me wish I had some fried gator tail!) I hook up lamps when it gets a little above freezin.
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Our chickens are spoiled rotten. It is only about 35 at night here and they have a heater. [​IMG] Seriously, they do.
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I'd call 35 heat lamp weather... its close enough to freezing.
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Mine made it through last winter with only a heater for their water.
    Our low went down to -26
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  8. Alpha Roo

    Alpha Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2008
    Apple Valley, CA
    I just go with..how cold is it for me, I'm bigger (and almost smarter) If I'm uncomfortable, I'm sure they are too.[​IMG]

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    I live in upstate New York. Winters here are long & fairly cold ie: 20 below is not unusual.
    I don't try to heat my coop & don't know anyone who does. If your coop is draft free & dry you shouldn't have any illness problems.
    Pheasants, Partridge & Turkeys,all relatives of barnyard birds, live outdoors all winter. They come with down coats remember.
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  10. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY and don't use any heat. My neighbor has bantams and doesn't heat either. The chickens are out all winter and frolic in the snow, lol.
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