New Home for the chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kerrie Ann, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Kerrie Ann

    Kerrie Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    Berkley , Ma
    Hello - We are new at this can anyone tell us how to make our girls more comfortable. They did not seem stressed at all when we brought them home but they have only laid 2 eggs 3 days. Also We live in MA what do most people do in the winter do you give them light or let them have a brake? Any advice for a Newbie would be nice. Thank you :)
  2. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Upstate NY
    [​IMG] I'm new to chickens this year also, so take my advise lightly. [​IMG] I plan on allowing nature to rule the roost this winter and only put a light in the coop for heat if the temps drop super low.
  3. chicken grandma

    chicken grandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    west michigan
    I think they will lay more when they get more comfortable.
    I do put a heat lamp in my coop in the winter. I am in Michigan and I give my hens a full spectrum light in the day and a heat lamp day and night.
    I also use a water bowl that plugs in and keeps the water from freezing. I am a softie!
    I like to use pine chip bedding so I can scoop it out as needed. Straw gets to sticky, but for insulation, straw bales work really well, even if you stack them around the outside of your coop, especially on the windy side.
    Good luck and God bless you!
  4. Chick named Lola

    Chick named Lola Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    No heat lamp for me. IMHO they should acclimate naturally to the climate. I'm much, MUCH more worried with the heat than the cold with chickens. What happens if they are used to a heat lamp and you loose power? Yes, the water should have a heater but that's it. There are folks with Chickens in Alaska that don't have any problems! Do a search on chickens in the winter etc... you'll be surprised!

    Note: I would use a heat lamp it they were babies and fully feathered for sure...I'm talking about mature chickens...

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