how do I winterize my chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pbnjellyfish, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. pbnjellyfish

    pbnjellyfish In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2008
    Cedar Hills, Utah
    During the winter where I live it commonly gets down in the teen and single digit temperatures and stays there for weeks. I am assuming that since my chickens are not smart enough to get out of the rain they will not be smart enough to get out of the cold either. Is it necessary to lock them in their coop during extreamly cold weahter? I have been told that it is not wise to put a heat light in the coop. What are some things that I can do to help winterize my chickens and their coop/run? In other words, how do you care for chickens in the winter? I have 3 chickens about 6 1/2 months old right now. Their coop is about 4'x4'.
  2. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    last year, i gathered cardboard boxes from the stores. We made cheap-o insulation to our coop with them. And also added extra bedding to the floor.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If you have access to hay you can stack some bales of it around the outside walls of the coop. Works well to insulate.

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