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Overwinter my chickens in garage?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JPJewell, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. JPJewell

    JPJewell Just Hatched

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    We live in South Central WI and had what I hope is not too bizarre a thought. Has anyone ever moved their chickens to the garage, say for January/February? We have a 2 car and only need half for the car & I have spare 2x3's for framing an area. Or... is it too disruptive for them? Thanks & sorry if this is too whacky... I'm a complete newbie.
     
  2. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)
    who many chickens do you have?

    does your garage have vents on the side ?

    i would worry about smell and also the exhaust from the car
     
  3. Molpet

    Molpet Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Is it possible? Sure. I've stuck a couple of my seramas out in the garage, and I know many who will bring (outdoor) pet rabbits into the garage for the winter.

    But I'd think it'd be a logistical nightmare if you had more than 2-3 birds. And you couldn't leave a car running (just driving in and shutting off the engine is no big deal - but letting a car warm up in a closed garage for ten minutes would probably put off a lot of fumes)...

    In a two car garage, I personally wouldn't worry too much about ammonia build-up with just a couple of birds...assuming you keep things fairly clean, and I don't see you attempting DLM in a garage...lol!

    I do baby my birds a bit, so I'm not going to say "don't do this or that" when it comes to worrying about making chickens more comfortable. But the fact of the matter is that in a draft free coop, with good food and liquid water available, healthy birds (at least winter hardy breeds) can deal with cold weather fairly well... Plug in dog water bowls are a cheap, simple way to keep water unfrozen.
     

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