how to tell if chicken just froze to death?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mathewmarie, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. mathewmarie

    mathewmarie Out Of The Brooder

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    First, i had 12 and they did not all freeze. This has been the worst winter i can remember. Found dead chicken yesterday when bringing out water. Gonna do the butchering today to see if there is any obvious explanation.

    Is this my fault? Is a light a requirement? Do chickens just keel over frozen sometimes? Is there a more likely cause?
     
  2. clecio

    clecio New Egg

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    Depends on age, breed, and housing. Adult well feathered breeds kept in a warm dry, well ventilated but not draughty hen house should survive all but the most severe temperatures. Suggest Cochin (large/standard) as the go to breed for the cold!

    Just how cold is cold in your part of the world anyway?
     
  3. mathewmarie

    mathewmarie Out Of The Brooder

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    10 month old Black Jersey Giant. Third week of nights below 0. I think it was minus 6 yesterday overnight. Plus wind.
    Coop has 3 insulated windward walls. Ventilation is sketchy. There are 3 vents but the thing has gaps and all due to not being built by a pro so i've tended to think of draftiness as a bigger danger than lack of ventillation.

    Everyday i bring warm water and take frozen water away... could a hen die of thirst in 24 hours?
     

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