Official BYC Poll: How do you keep your flock warm in the winter?

How do you keep your flock warm in the winter?

  • I've Insulated Their Coop

    Votes: 67 26.9%
  • I use the Deep Litter Method

    Votes: 70 28.1%
  • I use Heat Lamps

    Votes: 15 6.0%
  • I provide lots of draft-free ventilation

    Votes: 124 49.8%
  • I use Sweeter Heaters

    Votes: 5 2.0%
  • I use Plate Heaters

    Votes: 10 4.0%
  • Nothing, their feathers keep them warm

    Votes: 144 57.8%
  • Other (elaborate in comments section)

    Votes: 28 11.2%

  • Total voters
    249

chickencoop57

Songster
Aug 24, 2019
183
344
134
Pipe Creek, Tx
Chickens typically don't poop where they lay eggs, but sometimes they track in mud or poo in there on accident. So cleaning monthly is enough for my medium-sized flock.
I agree, PioneerChicks. I clean mine out only when they accidently poop in one but they very seldom do that and they hardly ever get the hay muddy, the egg's sometimes. However, I did have some young ones that would jump in the nest at night to sleep, instead of the roast, and they would crap all over the hay but I fixed that by putting a hinged cover over the 4 nest. I just lower it by rope and pulley's from the outside of coop, just as its getting dark and theyre entering the enclosed coop and then I raise it back up at first daylight. Works great! :)
 

PioneerChicks

Longing for spring...
Premium Feather Member
Sep 4, 2019
3,087
13,398
727
Idaho
My Coop
My Coop
I agree, PioneerChicks. I clean mine out only when they accidently poop in one but they very seldom do that and they hardly ever get the hay muddy, the egg's sometimes. However, I did have some young ones that would jump in the nest at night to sleep, instead of the roast, and they would crap all over the hay but I fixed that by putting a hinged cover over the 4 nest. I just lower it by rope and pulley's from the outside of coop, just as its getting dark and theyre entering the enclosed coop and then I raise it back up at first daylight. Works great! :)
That's a great idea for keeping them out at night! I'll remember this!
 

CatSeg57

Chirping
Nov 13, 2017
43
86
86
Western Iowa
We have covered the hardware cloth on 3 sides of the run with plexiglass to block the wind. It seems nice in there, and of course we covered all windows in the coop the same way. Good ventilation over head.
I think they should be fine all winter (fingers crossed).
We had below freezing temps only two days so far, so I go out before sun up and every two hours or so to be sure their water is ok.
I so love my ladies. 🥰
 

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