it's 7 degrees outside - should I just leave the birds in the coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peacebird, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. peacebird

    peacebird Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    or should I open the pop door and let it be their choice? They have food and water in the coop, just not much room to move about....
  2. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Songster

    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    I'd let them go out if they want to, at least during the day. Chickens are pretty weatherproof. As long as they can get in out of the weather when they want to they'll be fine. You might throw them some cracked corn to help them out during the cold snap, it warms them up.
  3. peacebird

    peacebird Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    THank you!
    I'll get them some extra cracked corn now.
  4. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Did you let them out? I was wondering the same thing the other day when we woke up to single digits. I left mine in the coop until it warmed up to about the big 12 degrees F. It was chill to the bone cold. Brrrrrrrrrrrr! Mine love to go outside, not matter how cold it is. They even come out in the snow.
  5. McEgg

    McEgg In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2007
    Guthrie, Ok
    the wind here is really bad today. mine came outfor a few hours but theyareback in the coop.
  6. I always open their ramp door and let them decide if they want to come out or not. They usually will. On these bone chilling days I have a 250W IR heat lamp on a timer that is just enough to keep the water from freezing in the coop. The lamp is off over night when the coop is all closed up, they just don't need it.
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Our flock has roosts in the coop, but no matter what the temperature, prefer to sleep on the outdoor roost in the hoop run. Their pop hole door stays open so they can get into the coop whenever they want.

    We got down into the single digits on Saturday and Sunday nights. I put a heat lamp over the indoor waterer to try and keep it from freezing, but no such luck. Know where the birds slept???



    Believe me...when we first started getting down around freezing temps, I was so worried about the birds being cold. Something just "clicked" when I realized that even in the 30's, they were running around acting like they didn't even know it was cold out. It helped me quit worrying about them so much.

  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD


    It dipped into the low 20's last night and that's what my birds were doing!
  9. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Im back and forth between thinking that our chickens are smart enough to go inside if they are cold....... and wondering if they are so dense that they would just sleep outside until they turned into Chic-sicles!

  10. peacebird

    peacebird Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    I gave them plenty of scratch and opened the pop door. Then I went to work.... When I got home they were all in the coop, and as it got up to 33 today their water was unfrozen.

    Back to 15 degrees tonight, and due to get colder still....


    I suppose after this winter I will get to feeling more confident and comfortable with how the chickens will fare, but it certainly is worrisome for me during my first winter as a chicken momma....

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