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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by city egg man, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. city egg man

    city egg man New Egg

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    Hello Im name is Tim I live in Guelph Ontario. Im new to rasing chickens and looking foward to it. I'm looking at plans for my coop and bilbing it over the winter for my new girls in the spring. My consern is the winters. Some tips and tricks to consiter when bilding the coop would be a great help. Im looking at raising 3 to 4 chickens.
    Thanks
    city egg man
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC, Tim. Glad you decided to join our flock. You should check out our section on winterizing your coop at https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-coop-temperatures. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Do you have any breed preference?
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  4. pooh092197

    pooh092197 New Egg

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    Welcome to BYC! Have fun building your coop.
     
  5. fawkestheman

    fawkestheman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC! We have an awesome and fun community around here! Good luck building your coop! post pics when its done!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    One tip is, build it larger than you think you will need. People get addicted to chickens and want more and more. If you build the coop larger, you won't have to keep making additions, as your flock grows .Welcome to BYC
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Definitely read Sumi's link; it contains great information on keeping chickens during winter.

    Good luck with your future chickens!
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Gooducm with your future flock!:)
     
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    The key to keeping chickens in the winter is good ventilation, letting them roost low to the floor in quiet air. Moisture from pooping and breathing goes up and out the ceiling vents. 1 square foot per bird. They will stay dry and warm. You can tack an old towel to the roost bar in early winter. I do this every year. Warm feet mean warmer birds. Use a 2x4 with the 4 side up so they can keep their feet under their breast feathers. Definitely follow the links that the others have provided and stay warm this winter!
     

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