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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kellyschippy, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. kellyschippy

    kellyschippy Just Hatched

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    I'm located in CT. Near the intersection of Litchfield, Hartford and New Haven county. We have 7 leghorns.They're about 3 1/2weeks old. I could use tips and tricks of the trade (so to speak). Will I need to heat the coop in winter? They are outside full time. We heat the coop now and block off the ramp at night so that they have to stay inside. We open the top back vent a little and so far so good. We're newbies to raising chickens, but we go thru so many eggs we figured this would be the best option for us. Help is appreciated! Thanks!


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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    They will be mature and won't need heat this winter. Chickens handle cold much better than heat.
    We've raised leghorns for many decades dating back to the early 1900s and never provided heat.
    Fresh air is much more important.
    A closed up coop raises humidity and causes frostbite.
     
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  3. ECarter1217

    ECarter1217 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    from going to school at Forman in Litchfield I Know the winter snow can be very heavy I would build them a hen house i don't think that one will be strong enough in the winter
     
  4. thewolf1039

    thewolf1039 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you already have some good advise so good luck with your chickens and[​IMG]
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Yeah, forgot to mention snow.
    I stock up on straw to cover the snow to give the chickens something to walk on.
     
  6. ECarter1217

    ECarter1217 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's good but keep an eye on the roof keep the snow off if possible i have one of those coops and the heat is rough on it i can only imagine the harsh cold
     
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  7. cordy and co

    cordy and co Out Of The Brooder

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    If your chicks do begin to shiver it can be a good idea to add more bedding. But they generally don't need it if they are mature.
     
  8. kellyschippy

    kellyschippy Just Hatched

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    Thank you everyone! We arw currently using the heating lamp only if it goes below 50 right now. They're getting so big so fast.

    I know its different for everyone but....how many chickens from the original flock last thru the first year?

    Also anyone else here from Connecticut?
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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