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New coop in Houston, TX. How cold is too cold for chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ashal, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. Ashal

    Ashal Hatching

    Jan 25, 2009
    I'm getting ready to build a new coop in Houston. I've done a lot of research so I feel fairly prepared however, I'm hung up on weather. I know that chickens can handle some low temperatures but with the temperature dropping into the 20's at night during the winter here, I wonder if I can get away with wire covered windows or should I put in glass windows that can close?
    Any ideas would be appreciated.


  2. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

    Dec 30, 2008
    Southwest Indiana
    I put two glass windows on the front that are stationary and a screen window on each end. Now thats its cold here I just boarded the screen windows.
  3. TexasVet

    TexasVet Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    I have a screen window that I cover with thick plastic in the winter time or when heavy rain is expected. Even a trash bag will work, and clear ones will let the light in too.

    Kathy in Texas
  4. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    The key is eliminating drafts. A chicken can handle below zero temperatures as long as there are no drafts. Covering the windows may eliminate the drafts.
  5. speltier

    speltier In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2009
    Berkeley, Califonia
    I think I coddle mine... I have a 250w heat lamp in their roost, which is fairly small... that and the thing's not too drafty. It's been to 38 at night here in the last few days... they'd probably be fine, but I figure, they're young, so it can't hurt.
  6. CARS

    CARS Songster

    My birds do fine at -20F. In all honesty, they are more active out there right now than I am [​IMG]

    I house wrapped my barn when I re-sided it so it is pretty draft free.
  7. beerguzzler

    beerguzzler In the Brooder

    Oct 3, 2008
    Houston TX
    I live in Houston and built a coop with 3 sides and roof leaving one end open into the run. I have one neighbor who has a similar setup and my other neighbor has no coop, just a wide open barn they roost in for the night.

    For my time in Houston (10ish years) it has dipped down into the 20's a very limited number of times. The big concern I have is the heat. That's why I have them setup with shade (roof) and one end open to allow lots of air circulation. I just got my birds in October (6 months old at the time) and I have gotten eggs everyday since Dec 25th. I get 3-6 eggs per day with 14 young hens and since it's winter and I don't have a light out there I am pretty happy. Also, for the few nights of frost we have had, I inspected them each morning and found no frostbite on their combs.

  8. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    I live in N.E. Alabama and the coldest it gets here in the winter is about 8 F on the coldest winter night (this year). My chickens roost on an open roost & do fine.
  9. Meisel Photography

    Meisel Photography Hatching

    Jan 28, 2009
    North Dakota
    As long as an adult chicken is dry and out of the wind it will do fine. I'm in North Dakota and have never lost a chicken to the cold, even at -40.
  10. countrygirl_247

    countrygirl_247 In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2008
    I have 3 couchin hens & 1 silkie/? roo & the coldest it's been here in Indiana was about - 5 at night. They r right about as long as draft free & dry bedding they will be fine.

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