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Not enclosed coop, too cold?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ATchickens, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. ATchickens

    ATchickens New Egg

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    Okay so this is where our chickens stay constantly unless we let them out to roam the field. As you can see it's very open, not enclosed like a lot of store bought coops. It is REALLY windy and cold tonight (22 f)....do you think our chickens will be okay? I'm really nervous they're going to freeze and feel so bad for them:(
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Why not hang some old blankets, feed sacks, plastic over the holes or for sure some to stop some of the wind. I would worry about it being that open----wind chill can be ruff. Anything---a $4/$5 tarp from some where close. A couple sheets of plywood, some free pallets lent up on the sides/back.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2017
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Cold is NO problems in your set up. "PREDATORS" is your only concern.
     
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  4. ATchickens

    ATchickens New Egg

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    We have enclosed the parts without fencing, and it is now all enclosed where I don't think anything can get in. We've had our chickens in there for about 2 months now and nothing has gotten them yet! (hopefully it stays that way)

    We were able to put up another better quality tarp so hopefully they'll be okay!
     
  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Just make sure they are extra protected at night---No holes, no weak cheap fencing. Lost of predators Love Chicken. A not secure chicken pen is like walking on thin ice----it will "get" you when you least expect it. A stray dog will wipe you out in minutes if he can get to them. Other predators will get you---1 or 2 or a few at the time.
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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