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Keeping my Serama's healthy

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lil'ChickFarm, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Lil'ChickFarm

    Lil'ChickFarm Chirping

    Jun 27, 2011
    Hi, I have serama's and now have them in the house so that they will be safe for winter.
    I could heat the coop outside with a light bulb, but am concerned that on cold days they would still be in danger, as they don't stay in the coop during the day.
    So I have them indoors in pens, in my heated finished basement.
    I have raised conures for years and they are inside. I just give them calcium d3 for their health. I will be giving the Serama's the same.
    My question is will it make them sick, if on warmer days, I take them out doors? There will still be a temperature change from inside to outside.
    I hear that they can handle down to 40 degrees, so maybe on days that are 50 or above, I would like them to get some sunshine for their health, but coming from a 70 degree house will be a bit of a change.
    How do you all handle your serama's in the winter?
    I am using shavings in the house and concerned about dust coming through the furnace. Wood pellets are way too expensive to use. Is there a better solution? Sand would be dusty also.
    I love my babies though. So sweet.

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