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Overwintering chickens in Cold Climates???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by girlsride2, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. girlsride2

    girlsride2 Hatching

    Sep 8, 2008
    Can anyone give me advice on overwintering chickens? I live in Western Wisconsin and want to do it right without losing any of my beloved hens!

  2. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Check this article out about caring for your chickens over the winter months HERE . Good luck!
  3. ChickenSmitten

    ChickenSmitten Songster

    Sep 16, 2008
    Madison Wisconsin
    Nice article, my DH still doesn't believe they don't need heat and I built the coop with styrofoam insulating panels sandwiched between two layers of plywood! I will forward the article to him.
    I did stack straw bales around their covered outdoor area (North and West sides to block wind and snow.)
  4. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    You can see more on this, in the article I have in the upcoming backyard poultry magazine too.
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Well, in the toolbar up above there is a search function. There have been a LOT of posts/threads lately about winterizing coops and just how cold is too cold?

    Here's one...

    Here's another.

    Search in the topic heading for the words "cold" "winterizing" "insulation"...etc. [​IMG]

    I can tell you that at this very moment my enitire flock is outside in the dark.... at 8:25am... and it is 6.1°F. (-14.4°C for you Canadians and Aussies). [​IMG]

    Yes... 6.1°F... that is not a typo. I had 7 girls sleeping outside all night... their choice. I cannot say it enough... if you let them acclimate to the changing temps without supplementing heat, they are FINE. Your hardest task will be keeping the water from freezing.
  6. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    Tori - Thanks for the excellent links. I read both. It's obvious that we all just want what's best for our feathered friends (and, at least for me, our checkbooks too) and your words of encouragement are appreciated. With the MN temps dropping daily and the realization that many months of snow and bitter cold are right around the corner, it made me feel MUCH better to know that your birds are thriving even with the chill. Thank you.
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    If/when I see dead, wild birds falling out of trees during the winter's worst weather, THEN I'll worry about my hens in my coops.
  8. I've written on my homepage, too, link below. Have a great winter with your chicks![​IMG]

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