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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kdunn, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. Kdunn

    Kdunn In the Brooder

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    Well we just jumped into the chicken community. have 6 rhode island reds about 3-4 weeks old. Putting up the coop this weekend. Love it so far. Any suggestions, tips, tricks appreciated.

    I have heard pros and cons of having water in the coop and not out-but with being in northern IL, figured I will have to have on inside and running on a circulation pump to keep from freezing. any suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. Phoenixheart14

    Phoenixheart14 Chirping

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    :welcome

    I live in central Texas, so I can't help you on the heated water.

    So happy you're diving into the world of chickens!
     
  3. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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  4. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. Similarly, I have no experience with keeping chickens in cold temperatures. I'd suggest using the search function for suggestions. These links may be interesting

    http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-chicken-keeping
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-chicken-keeping

    Here’s a good link where you’ll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/


    There’s a link on the page above to the Learning Centre - it’s a great resource. If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.


    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive


    You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread


    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
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  5. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens!

    I do not have to worry about frozen water here!

    I have seen heated water fountains that seem to work well
     
  6. Plip

    Plip Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC! Great to have you here!

    We don't have the long winter or the deep cold like you do. But when we get a couple of weeks in the 20s, I just break ice up a few times a day (I work from home, so I can do that during the day, too). And if I need to be gone for most of the day, I give them warm water before I go, to have it last longer.

    But I expect that wouldn't work for a lot of people, because their water would freeze more quickly and they just wouldn't be around at all during the day.

    You could probably make it work with a five gallon bucket with a stock tank heater (or a bird bath heater) and horizontal nipples screwed into the sides of the bucket.
     
  7. alexa009

    alexa009 Crossing the Road

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    Welcome to backyard chickens!:frow Glad you joined the flock! Cold winters can usually be a problem when comes to supplying water for the chickens but I always detach my hose when water becomes frozen and makes it difficult to pump out. Although I rarely get those problems where I live. I sure hope you enjoy being in the BYC community! A lot of forums to post in articles to read etc.. Again, :welcome!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to the BYC community and the world of chicken keeping.
     
  9. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! If there’s one piece of advice I’d give it’s to start with a coop and run bigger than you need. Sure you’ll be adding to your flock come next year! :thumbsup
     
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    :welcome
     
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