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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by smazon, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. smazon

    smazon Hatching

    Jan 10, 2015
    Hi! I've been keeping my chickens since August. I started with older hens and a rooster. I've added chicks since. I'm learning new things all the time. I use BYC as a resource to help me in my journey.
    I live in Colorado and have been debating the heat issue with our subzero temperatures.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2015
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC.
  3. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    Welcome to BYC
    Lots of us deal with subzero and way too hot...you'll find lots of people to help you here, i'm sure you'll have good advice for us to!
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community! If it is getting 30 degrees or more below your average over night now, you might consider adding heat. Generally chickens can survive some pretty brutal temps. You can always turn on a heat lamp first thing in the morning or leave one on during the day if somebody needs a blast of heat. But I like to let them sleep in the cold if it is not too bad.

    Make sure if you are using a 2x4 that the 4 side is up so they can sit flat on the wood with their feet and toes tucked under their breast feathers. And I like to tack an old towel to the roost bar too. Chickens lose heat through their feet. So warmer feet mean warmer birds.

    Good luck with your flock and we do welcome you to our flock!
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Feathers are wonderful insulators and most breeds of domestic chickens do much better in very cold temperatures than they do in very hot temperatures. Just be sure that your coop is well ventilated, dry, and draft free. I've raised chickens where winter temperatures dropped to 30 F below zero and with a well ventilated, dry, and draft free coop, they did just fine. Moisture is a much greater danger than cold. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?

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