Newbie in New England is scared of the winter!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AnKa, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. AnKa

    AnKa Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2009
    Hi all -
    I have been dreaming of keeping chickens for a very long time now, and have planned to make 2009 the year of the Chicken.
    My first order of business is to plan and build a coop for 6 of them.... and I am so afraid it will not be warm enough in winter! I have a very talented husband and a pile of material from our house construction. I will try to insulate all walls and possibly side the whole thing with shingles or something.

    Anyone who wants to give me pointers - I'd love to hear ideas. In particular, if anyone has used CHEAP prefab'ed items to build their coops (Playhouses? Sheds?) tell me. I just don't have a ton to spend.

  2. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    both playhouses and sheds
    we even used half of our barn.
    scrap plywood

    your chickens will be fine as long as the coop is draft free, and they have a place to go to get out of the weather.

    now if your taking -20 tempratures, a heat lamp would be sufficent
  3. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    I've learned a ton here in a short time. My coop I'm building now will be safe and secure. I've recycled some materials and bought others. I don't plan on insulating. Check out everything here on BYC and you'll be all set.[​IMG]

  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  5. heyeddah

    heyeddah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Milford Ct
    Ct Shore here
    We had six in a converted shed. On the very coldest night, one got slight frostbite on her comb. Otherwise, we changed water every day and thought about heat, but never did.
  6. sandyj

    sandyj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2008
    St.Paul, Minnesota
    Welcome from Minnesota!!! [​IMG] My friends chickens have done just fine this winter. Even several minus 20 days plus windchill. Old boathouse with siding and shingles. We insulated and put plywood over the inside walls. She has a small 1200 watt heater she turned on, on the zero or below days. Don't let the cold weather stop you from having chickens. I will be getting mine this spring. YAE!!! Can't wait!!![​IMG]

  7. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    [​IMG] from MA
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]
  9. Hattie the Hen

    Hattie the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi there! WELCOME to the world of the international chicken-mad enthusiasts in your Year of the Chicken !!!!!! It's a great site full of great people who will go out of their way to help you all they can. The wealth of their combined knowledge & experience is amazing - a real help if you are desperate. Take a look at all the coops in the section devoted to them, there's a huge selection & it's fascinating to compare them. GOOD LUCK with your building/ adapting.
  10. chook pen jen

    chook pen jen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2009
    Collie W.Australia
    [​IMG] Nothing can stop a chook addict so Im sure you will have some chooks soon [​IMG]

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