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In the Brooder
Mar 16, 2018
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.

Farmer Connie

Gallus gallus domesticus
6 Years
Feb 28, 2017
Florida Peninsula
My Coop
My Coop

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jan 30, 2015
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

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 -

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 -

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

Best wishes

Pork Pie


Free Ranging
9 Years
Apr 28, 2010
NW Washington State
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.


Crossing the Road
5 Years
Apr 6, 2017
My Coop
My Coop
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!

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