How do chickens do with snow?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by daniii213, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. daniii213

    daniii213 Hatching

    Aug 18, 2015
    Were i currently live, its snowing. Im worried about my chickens. Even though i have red light for then i want to know if i need anything else to keep them warm.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi there :frow
    There are some lovely articles in this section of the learning centre on keeping your chickens through the winter ~
    Keeping your coop clean, dry, draft free but well ventilated should keep them snug. Chickens are remarkably hardy when it comes to the winter. Also plenty of clean fresh water amd food available and they should be good.

    Hope you find the articles helpful :D
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    They don't need anything to keep them warm. Unless you have silkies, seramas or other cold intolerant breed you can lose the heat lamp.
    The snow is a different animal. You'll need to spread straw over it to provide a little insulation for their feet.

    Also, make sure the roosts are wide enough for them to cover their toes at night. If you can see their toes when they sleep, the roosts aren't wide enough.
    Keep the water thawed and keep the ventilation open.
    Biggest mistake people make in winter is to 'coop up' the chickens.
    They need fresh air and the ventilation removes the humidity which is the main cause of frostbite.
  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    Many of mine love the snow - don't mind it a bit, like this Cuckoo Marans. A few of the other ones look out the open door and say, "No thanks!" to the deeper snow, but as soon as there's a little less snow out there they'll head out with the others. As Yorkshire Coop and Chicken Canoe have stated so well, ventilation, draft free and dry are far more important than the actual temperature and "keeping them warm". Those feathers do a much better job of that than we can. That's their job and they do it well. I had to go out when the temperature was 2 below zero and lift one off the roost late last night to check on a limp I thought I had detected earlier in the day. (Once they go to sleep you can darn near set off a firecracker next to them and they don't fuss!) I picked Mathilda up, checked her foot and leg, and then stood out there in the coop with my bare fingers buried deep into her breast feathers - it was so warm under there!! Put her back on the roost and she went right back to sleep. My coop isn't heated or insulated, and they have a large covered run so that they aren't totally confined to the coop these short winter days and long nights.
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It doesn't snow where I live so I'll have to let others answer your question about that (which they have very well). But I do want to say hello and glad you joined us!
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    Ditto on the welcome and the lack of snow where I live also. Maybe there should be another thread "how do humans do with snow?" :lau

    Last edited: Jan 4, 2016
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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    I agree.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    some birds will prefer it if you shovel a path in their run, others will just bounce through snow and eat it as well.

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