How cold is TOO cold?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wildsky, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    As the subject line states....
    How cold is TOO cold for a chicken?
     
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  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

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    Our girls say -15F is too cold. at that temp they dont like going outside so they stay inside and we keep their door closed up tight.
    I would make acouple of suggestions if your really worried.
    1. use square roosts like a 2x4 so they can roost by sitting on the 4" side this way they completely sit on their feet and dont have any toes exposed to the cold.
    2. get your windo to close tight, we close ours than put insulation against it then staple up burlap to hold it in place.
    Keep the drafts out of our coop and they will thank you for it.
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Thanks AK
     
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  4. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

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    How about taping up clear plastic?
    Our coup is dark so we provide lights, 1 red thats on 24/7 to give heat so the water doesnt freeze and 1 white thats on a timmer to stay around 12-14 hours of light a day.
     
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I'll try that
     
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  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Remember that they still need a minimum of ventilation no matter how cold it is to exhaust the moisture from their poop and respiration, too. You should not seal up every single crack where air can get through.
     
  7. First-time-raising

    First-time-raising Out Of The Brooder

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    I would just make sure its not much lower then 32° ( Freezing) So there Combs and Wattles don't freeze. If its 18° outside it shouldn't be 18° inside. I keep a remote thermometer in my coop that I can read from inside my house. But ya if its below 32° you should be getting something in there for heat.
     
  8. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The fence post your using,for the roost, are they metal? If they are you may want to get wood or cover them. They'll get much colder than wood.
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    They're wooden posts for the roost.
     
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