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Outside temp for chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pondereggs, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. pondereggs

    pondereggs New Egg

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    We are new to raising chickens. I live in Texas, we are concerned about the outside temp in the winter and what is too cold for chickens?

    Do we need a heating system or not? Or just good protection for them?

    Thanks
    Pondereggs
     
  2. Chicken of the Sea

    Chicken of the Sea Out Of The Brooder

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    Live in north Central Pennsylvania, last year we had -28 below, I have no heat in the coop. As long as you keep them out of drafts they will be fine, thats why they have feathers.
     
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No. We get down to 20 below inside the coop and have no heat. Just keep them dry.
     
  4. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also do not heat and it gets to 20 below here.

    I cannot imagine Texas ever sees a temperature that would require heat for adult chickens.
     
  5. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Live in NC. No heat in our coop. Ventilation was my biggest concern when building it.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    The lowest it got here last winter was 4 degrees Fahrenheit. That's downright tropical compared to some of the others that have posted. I don't add heat either but I provide draft protection and give them good ventilation. These two articles might be good reading for you in helping you provide the proper protection. We may not heat but we all provide protection.

    Good luck!

    Pat’s Big Ol' Ventilation Page
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-VENTILATION

    Pat’s
    Cold Coop (winter design) page:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-winter-coop-temperatures
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Then there are those of us who live in the desert SouthWest... and have to put AC and evap units in our coops. My chickens are LOVING the run now.
     
  8. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please remember to provide fresh, unfrozen water throughout the winter. Your chickens won't freeze, but their water may. [​IMG]
     

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