Japanese bantam in winter

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by moodusnewchick, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, being the type I am, I am already worrying about winter (as if 95-100 degree is not enough). I have Japanese bantam amongst heavy breeds. (yes, I submitted to the addicted and stupid post too). So, what do you do for chickens that are prone to frostbite and not cold tolerant?
    thanks.
     
  2. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you sindoorra but this link doesn't help. I have hardy breeds that I am not worried about. My concern is for the Japanese Bantam who is short legged, large combed and not cold tolerant. If there is anyone with tips on how to keep the Japanese bantam healthy throughout the winter, please let me know. I think i read somewhere that putting vaseline on their combs helps.
     
  4. steven11788

    steven11788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have Jap bantams, and i've been worried as well.. if you find any thing please, post it or pm.. me

    oh i heard the vasoline one to, not sure on it [​IMG]
    thanx Steven
     
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    See my sig for all my chickens.
    Mine made it through winter just fine, no heat added at all.
    The bantams squished themselves between the standards - even NOW I see them stuffing their heads under the standards wings when they're all up on the roost.

    My coop is rather large 20 X 7, the north wall is insulated, the west and east sides are shared with a shed and the horse barn, the south wall has no insulation, two windows, two chicken doors and our door.

    Our lowest temp this last winter was -26
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I did not use vasaline or anything like that. My Roosters comb did have some dark tips (frostbite) but those have since sotred themeselves out - he still has his comb perfect and intact.

    I did give them scratch, with corn to help them generate heat - a cup in the morning and a cup at night.
     
  7. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    I don't know where you are or what type of winter weather you have, but my japs hated the snow. They weathered the cold just fine until the snow came. It was only a couple of days but they refused to touch it and would do anything they could to avoid landing or stepping in it.
     
  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    It depends on where you live. I dont know how you did it Wildsky, maybe your coop is really draft free or something. I insulated and still had trouble keeping them warm enough in the winter. I finally put them in a smaller caged area and put a lightbulb in there and then covered it with a blanket to keep them warm.
     
  9. sueg6255

    sueg6255 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I did was put a heat lamp over the waterer. That keeps the water from freezing and keeps the coop warmer. They even have things you can put into a socket that will turn the lamp on at 45 degrees and turn it off when it gets above that also. I even have bantams and game birds in there and to insulation and door open all the time.
     
  10. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the ideas!
     

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