It probably wouldn't work here. It might be great for April or May through October(maybe November if we're lucky). But after that most things are frozen(but it hypothetically shouldn't cause any problems like burst pipes). That's why in winter we carry buckets of water from the house. The rest of the year we happily use a hose for most of our water needs.I have a water tap in my present chicken yard. Is that a tougher deal or doable at alll when pipes can freeze?
It really depends on exactly where you end up(I deal with completely different predators than neighbors half a mile down the road). With our flocks we've only really had a problem with a weasel actually getting our birds. But we have foxes that come through the yard, hawks and eagles constantly flying over and I think we recently acquired a falcon, at night we've had a few problems with owls, etc. Other people have problems with skunks, bears, coyotes, raccoons, badgers, and rats(we have rats but they're yet to go after the birds(knock on wood)).What are the predators I'm likely to have to deal with?
P.S. This sounds really glum, but to put it into perspective, we free-range and we lose more birds to old age than we do to predators.
You guys are a fabulous wealth of information! My admiration and gratitude knows no bounds!We have all-weather hydrants for livestock waterers, including one at the chicken coop. You can see it, topped with that black rubber bucket. After years of carrying water out there in winter, through snow and over ice, we added the hydrant, and love it!
Four six chickens, probably not worth it. For our flock, yes.
Coastal Maine is going to be warmer than inland. The ocean can keep temps from being ridiculously cold. Good luckNot sure if this is the right place for this but I couldn't find a better one.
I live in Southern California. I'm moving to Maine. Two spots about as different as they can possibly be.
So far my biggest challenge has been keeping my chickens cool in 100˚+ weather. I won't know a damned thing about how to protect them from cold. Naturally, before I do ANYthing I want to know I'm taking the specific needs of that climate into consideration when I'm planning to site and to build my new coop.
Of course, besides daunting it's a rather exciting possibility. I'll be able to plan in all the things I didn't know about when I built my present one. I just need to be sure I'm not caught with a whole different kind of things I didn't plan for. So let me know what it's like there, if you please. And thanks in advance!
I might have to check some out for myself... I never realized that those were an option, so it could be interesting to at least try.You guys are a fabulous wealth of information! My admiration and gratitude knows no bounds!
I see Home Depot has frost-free hydrants in 2', 4' and 6' options. Am I understanding that the feed that goes to the chicken yard would need to be buried to a depth where freezing is less likely? Would a 6' trench do the deal then?