Now I'm confused,

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Yukonchick, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Yukonchick

    Yukonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I plan on using the DLM method for our coop because I thought that it would be good for keeping the humidity down during the cold winters. Don't want frostbite or respirtory problems, but now as I understand being a dry floor means there is no fermentation happening so thus there will be no heat produced. Will my hens get cold? Will they be able to produce enough heat on their own.
     
  2. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where do you live? As long as there are no drafts, you shouldn't need to provide any heat. There is a member that lives in Alaska and doesn't provide any heat for her chickens. You would have to keep water from freezing. We use a heated dog bowl for that.

    I think keeping the humidity down is more important that heat.
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Again where do you live? Just keep the cold wind from blowing on them. The birds will snuggle to keep warm.
     
  4. SleepyOwl

    SleepyOwl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have thought about that also. Does anyone know if adding some compost under the shavings work to start the composting? Just like you would in a composter?
     
  5. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The compost wouldn't stay under the shavings. The chickens would stir it all up and it would mix together.
     
  6. Yukonchick

    Yukonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    i live in the yukon territories. in winter the temp drops well below minus 35 celsius
     
  7. Yukonchick

    Yukonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    yukon territories where the temp gets well below minus 35 celsius
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    You don't "compost" inside a coop.
    The deep litter is there to keep it dry

    They won't need any added heat unless it stays BELOW ZERO outside
     
  9. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like it gets way below zero. I don't know how people live like that. lol. I don't know anything about keeping chickens in temps that cold so I'll let someone else answer.
     
  10. SleepyOwl

    SleepyOwl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the "fermentation" is different from composting? Now I am confused! lol

    It goes below 0 often for a couple month in the winter here. We don't blink at -20F. If it gets below -30F, then we start saying "It's getting chilly out there!". ;) (BTW, I have no idea how we live like this either.... if it wasn't for family, I would probably move south. ;) ) (And I am in MN, I am sure it is much colder where the OP is.)
     
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