new to chicken raising

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by buck1075, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. buck1075

    buck1075 New Egg

    Nov 6, 2011
    hello, i live in northern ohio and have 2 rhode island reds,they are about 3 months old, my coop is one of those pens you buy from tractor supply that the front door drops down that has the wire on it, well i modified it by covering most of the door with wood and that part does not drop,just about 8 inches drops down now,it has the wire mesh on it,if you have seen these you know what they are,sides are wire with plywood covering most area but the top couple of inches,lift up roof etc, have it sitting next to a run i have built that has the drop down door entering it, it appr, 4ft by 6ft by 4 ft high. Is this going to be alright for the winter months coming up here in northern ohio. just getting started at raising chickens any help with suggestions? just wanted to know if this pen will be ok for the chickens in our cold winter here in northern ohio.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011
  2. Freak4Jesus

    Freak4Jesus New Egg

    Jul 9, 2011
    I am new to chicken raising, too! But, from what I gather, chickens, once totally feathered in, can withstand most weather. Maybe now, until they are fully feathered, you could put a light bulb in the coop. This should be sufficient heat. Keep us informed!!!
  3. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    I would cover it with a tarp maybe or cover it straw either loss or in square bales. As long as they donÂ’t get wet and there is not wind blowing on them they should be just fine.
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    sounds like you getting good advice and [​IMG]
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West

    I would consider putting up some type of block plywood or plastic or something on the North and the West sides of the coop to barrier from the wind, rain and snow
  6. buck1075

    buck1075 New Egg

    Nov 6, 2011
    thanks for the info my pen and run is behind a shed and next to my garage where wind is minimal,but i thought of putting something over the sides where plywood does not cover the wire on the pen sides.
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  7. Stephanie739

    Stephanie739 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2011
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  8. simplynewt

    simplynewt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2011
    My Coop
    Yep, I would suggest wrapping Tarp or heavy plastic around your run to retain some heat.

    Welcome to BYC BTW [​IMG]

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