Overwintering chickens in Cold Climates???

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

  1. girlsride2

    girlsride2 New Egg

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    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!

    HELP!
     
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    ChickenSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=71542

    Here's another.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=97134

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

    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. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've written on my homepage, too, link below. Have a great winter with your chicks![​IMG]
     

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