how few birds for winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sashurlow, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. sashurlow

    sashurlow Songster

    Aug 18, 2009
    West Rutland, VT
    So we are trying to figure out what to do with our three 5 year old non-laying hens. We also have two 2 year olds If we cull them now, will it hurt the two remaining (more birds, more body heat)?
    We do have a heated perch and we live in Central Vermont, so winters can be quite cold.
    FYI... the heated perch is a hollowed out 2x3 (pieces screwed together) with xmas lights running through it. It doesn't produce much heat but I do firmly believe it produces just enough to be useful.
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    I would be hesitant to cull now. If you loose one of them than you are left with a single chicken. Either start some chicks now and they will be outside Feb and you can cull then or just wait until spring. Any pullets on CL?

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