Need advice from Sacramento chickens!

mopalia

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I'm new to Sac (moved here last December) and new to chickens (3 sliver laced Wyandottes, ~26 weeks old). How cold does it get, and what kind of winter protection do the chicks need? They are in a tiny, probably drafty pre-fab coop with a screen door where they sleep - I will change the door out for a solid one, but they needed the screen for ventilation it the summer. I plan to add two 4" vents for ventilation near the roof. How cold will it get, and when? I have never lived inland, so this weather is quite a change! Thanks!
 

aart

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How cold will it get, and when?
Well, you've been there almost a year, and are a gardener to boot, so should have a pretty good idea of temps.

Block the wind and keep them dry.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1048597/ventilated-but-free-of-drafts


But according to this, you don't have much to worry about chicken-wise:
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mopalia

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May 5, 2018
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Well, you've been there almost a year, and are a gardener to boot, so should have a pretty good idea of temps.

Thanks - it sure seemed a lot colder last year, coming from the Bay area. I'm dealin with the garden ok, but the chickens have me worried with new-parent anxieties!
 

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