How cold of temperatures can chickens handle?

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  1. 5lovelyhens

    5lovelyhens Chirping

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    I have four 1 1/2 year old chickens and two 4 month old chickens. How cold temperature can they handle?
     

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    As long as they have shelter from any direct winds or wetness they can handle pretty low temperatures, we can sometimes get down to -20's with -40 windchills, my chickens are in an uninsulated shed, they do shiver on those days but I get them some warm water and food and I get them scratching around and they are fine, I have never had a chicken freeze to death.
     
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Depends on the breed. Normally feathered, standard sized, or small-combed fowl will handle cold better than Silkied/frizzled, bantamized, or large-combed fowl.

    For the average DP breed hen, down to about 15-20F comfortably without a heater.

    With a heater, probably well into the negatives.
     
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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    I keep frizzled cochins and had have silkies, never provided any heat, and mine go outside on nice days.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My standard large fowl birds handle negative F's just fine....no heat is needed as long as dry and out of wind.
    Even had a broody with chicks last winter....lowest was -12F.
     

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