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new here :) hi and winter questions??

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenlady73, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. chickenlady73

    chickenlady73 New Egg

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    hi everyone,
    new chicken mom here, I've had 3 Rhode Island reds for about 6 months now, starting small.. I've been warned that my addiction will grow.. i had read SO much conflicting info about what is best going into winter that I am TOTALLY confused! I am in Chicago, hoping to hear from somewhere near me, with similar weather, thoughts on freezing water, to heat or not to heat? what type of bedding do you use in your coops? do you give them access to the run everyday in the cold temps? down to what temp?? HELP?? obviously this is my first winter.. I'm a mess.... go easy on me [​IMG]
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Trailrider gave you very good advice. You have to remember chickens are wearing down jackets. A flock of them in a coop give off a lot of heat, which is why you need adequate ventilation near the top of your ceiling. It's also good to use 2 x 4's as roosting posts. Have the 4" side up. Chickens are not gripping birds like robins or sparrows. They prefer to have their feet spread flat on a roost and lay down over them to keep them warm. Some people like to nail towels to the roost posts, to help keep their feet warm.

    You will have to provide fresh drinking water - which means either a heated water bowl, or frequent trips to break the ice for them. Otherwise they can do well on their own.

    You may also want to join the Illinois thread and get advice from folks who have gotten their chickens through winter many times before. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     

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