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: 68 27.1%
  • I use the Deep Litter Method

    Votes: 72 28.7%
  • I use Heat Lamps

    Votes: 17 6.8%
  • I provide lots of draft-free ventilation

    Votes: 125 49.8%
  • I use Sweeter Heaters

    Votes: 5 2.0%
  • I use Plate Heaters

    Votes: 11 4.4%
  • Nothing, their feathers keep them warm

    Votes: 143 57.0%
  • Other (elaborate in comments section)

    Votes: 29 11.6%

  • Total voters
    251

chickencoop57

Songster
Aug 24, 2019
188
346
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
3,150
13,548
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. 🥰
 

KyCarolyn

In the Brooder
Oct 23, 2020
6
17
41
I do not heat or insulate in winter. I only worry about keeping the flock out of direct direct cold air.
Due to an increase in flock: This year i went from a great 2 story wood coop that had run on ground level and roosts & boxes on 2nd floor. With a larger roofed exterior run. Poop and food mess in coop was never a major issue because they only laid eggs and slept in there. Now I have a large covered hoop coop with unroofed exterior run. Wow has my work load increased!
Now I fight coop heat/cold, humidity and ammonia, and preditors in outside run! I found proper ventilation is vital now! In the summer the coop cover sides will be rolled up and this first winter sides down with bottom half of large front and back doors uncovered for airflow. The roosts are set high & back away from doors.
I built the new coop over part of the deep bed large run. That proved to create too much ammonia. So i leveled the floor, lined it with chicken wire, then added sand. Every morning I let the flock out, collect eggs, food & water, then scoop poop ( i wear a mask). This is working ok so far, but is way more work. I may have to go back to a smaller flock and reopen the wood coop :(

I would love to hear safer, cheaper better ways to keep a flock in a hoop coop, if there is any.
I have a hoop chicken tractor which has been stationary since November. I have a tarp over it that I open for air and light depending on wind and weather. I use DLM and have not had much odor. When our nightly lows got between 0 and 16, I used a heat lamp to keep them warm.
 

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