1. chicknbuns

    chicknbuns Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2010
    Ok so I too have caught the backyard chicken bug!! I just finished my first coop and would like input as to what you all might think. Another thing i was wondering...in the summer here I am not too worried about the chickens but what about in the winter? It gets to single digits here in the winter. Do I need to button up the coop tight and block off any openings ( except the pop door) or can they take the cold. I wouldn't want to be out in that cold of temps! My coop is insulated in the walls.....Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
  2. chicknbuns

    chicknbuns Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2010
    OK long timers... how do I post pictures o here??? lol
  3. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    South Central Texas

    Start by editing your profile...we can be of more help if we have a clue where you are. We also need to know what breed of chickens we are talking about. A good guide is to check the breed chart for cold hardiness. Northern flock raisers will be of far more help than I.
  4. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    Hello! Welcome from Nevada. [​IMG]
    To learn how to post pics go to the learning center (very top of page). To answer your question, no do not button up your coop too tightly. Chicken coops need venting or you will have huge problems with too much humidity which will lead to disease and can actually increase the chance of frostbite (due to wet conditions)! My winter temps get to zero occasionally and I have had no problems with frostbite. I always close them up for the night (due to predators) but the vents always stay open. During summer I open everything up due to very high temps.
    Your best bet is to get birds that are well adapted for cold temps. Orpingtons do well in cold as do small combed chickens (a large comb is more likely to freeze). Orps have a thick layer of feathers to protect them and my EEs and ameraucanas have small combs and heavy muffs and beards that keep them warm. Do put in a wide (thick) roost for them since they cover their feet with their bodies when it's cold and a skinny roost makes it too hard to cover the feet well. BYC also has a page to help you pick the right breeds for your needs and other info as well. Doesn't have all the breeds on it yet but it's a start. Anyway, Good luck!!!


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