How cold is too cold for Chicks who wont use their coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Princess5150, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Princess5150

    Princess5150 New Egg

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    My Chicks are about 7 months old they have a cute little coop but will not sleep in it, they will go up into the trees or sleep on the bench next to the front door. I'm worried because it is supposed to get down to 40 degrees tonight, will they be OK or should I make them go into the coop? Please help I'm worried sick [​IMG]
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    They will be fine.
    If you want them to sleep in the coop, try locking them in it for a couple of days
     
  3. Junaleefarm

    Junaleefarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have chickens that sleep in the trees all the time. They never have any problems and it often gets down to 0 degrees or sometimes in the negative at night here.
     
  4. six_eclectic_chickens

    six_eclectic_chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ditto the previous things. Try placing them in the coop after it gets dark. They should settle in.
     
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    40...wow I wish it were 40 here at night...we are down to almost sub zero...they will do fine outside, I would be more worried about predators...try putting them in at night, or place a small light inside so they can see their way back in...chickens can tolerate very, VERY cold temps as long as there is no drafts to chill them.
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yeah...predators will get your birds before the cold does if you're not shutting them inside a secure area at night...
     
  7. Princess5150

    Princess5150 New Egg

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    I'm new to this website as well as to being a new chicken Mom. I just wanted to say thank you all so much for answering my question. I feel much more at ease now knowing they can handle the cold weather. Thanks again, and I'm sure you will be hearing from me again [​IMG]
     
  8. Junaleefarm

    Junaleefarm Out Of The Brooder

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    no problem- that's why we all like hanging out here.
     
  9. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

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    [​IMG] I would be more concerned about predators.

    Things like this which hang outside my coop at night ~ inside my run! My chickens are always safely locked inside at night.
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