in the coop all the time a problem?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gram28, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. gram28

    gram28 In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2009
    Hudson WI
    I am in northern WI and we have had snow and -0 temps for quite a while- -20 last night. My young hens will not go out in the snow and cold. They are content to stay in the coop( insulated and inside a garage) all day and night. They are laying and eating well and moving around between the roosts and the nesting boxes. I keep adding wood chips every couple of days and have a heater for their water as well as light on a timer. Should I be forcing them out or can they wait for better weather?

  2. jwchicklady

    jwchicklady Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Howell, MI
    if they are content then they should be fine--sounds like you have everything they need
  3. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Agreed, sounds like they're fine. Continue to allow access to outside. They mau choose to stay in and avoid the frigid temps outside for quite awhile.
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Mine are in a big heated garage-we have a heater that will not allow it to go below 30 degrees but not much above either. They come to a screeching halt everyday when I open the door-they look outside and turn around! They are not having this snow-which is fine it justs makes more of a stinky mess for me to take care of more often! bleah

  5. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I am in NE Ohio and mine are in a metal shed most of the time.There were only a few days where I saw them outside when I shoveled the snow off the grass.Due to hawks and a non-secure run I have to stay outside with mine.While I shovel snow I leave the door open.

    I think it is fine as long as they have some leg room. The only issue with mine is they go crazy everytime I open the shed door thinking I have some fresh mealworms for them! I only have enough to feed them worms once a day.I rake around the pine shavings,but I am itching to do a full cleaning on the next 30 degree day.
  6. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Mine stay inside most of the time too these days. Single digits and teens here.
    I have cardboard on a few of the ledges in the coop to help get rid of poop right now.

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