Please say it isn't so.....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by navychick, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. navychick

    navychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2011
    A neighbor stopped by yesterday (he has chickens too) and told me that my hens won't make it through their third winter. We live in Michigan and my girl's are 20 weeks old. He kills his in the fall before their third winter. He said that they will be too old to tolerate the cold weather and that I will find them dead in the coop as they will freeze to death. Is this true? Please say no my heart will break if it is.
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I've never heard that before. It doesn't make much sense to me, though.
  3. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

    May 6, 2009
    Vail, Arizona
    That is complete and utter rubbish. RUBBISH. A great many people here have birds that are five, six, seven years old and they live in some of the coldest places around!
  4. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    Do you have a coop? Hay or shavings for them? Several for body heat? Or do they just roost in the trees? Most back yard chickens will survive for years, even in very cold temps. Age (I believe) only makes them more resistant to the cold, so they should be perfectly fine.
  5. chicken crazed 1o1

    chicken crazed 1o1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2011
    Dugald , Manitoba
    That is not True in fact there are some breeds that are almost resistint to the cold .
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2011
  6. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    He has no idea what he's talking about. A 3 year old chicken is in the prime of it's life with several more years expected. It's too bad he kills his flock based on ignorance.
  7. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    It isn't so. As others have already said, it's complete rubbish. If you're concerned about them getting too cold or frostbite, you can wire up a heat lamp. has a ceramic bulb that doesn't emit light, just heat, if you're wanting to leave their daylight hours natural.

    I have an almost 7 year old hen and it can get pretty cold here in Central NY. (Not as cold as Michigan, I'm sure, but still. [​IMG])
  8. navychick

    navychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2011
    Thanks for the quick replies. We are new to chickens and just built what we hope is a nice coop (see our page) for them to live long happy lives in. We selected BO's, BR's, SLW, & EE's as they are cold weather tolerant. These girl's mean the world to us and it would have truly broken my heart to think they would have such a short life. I'll avoid talking chickens with this guy in the future.
  9. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
  10. mnabity

    mnabity Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Eagar, AZ
    Your coop is so cute and I love the front porch idea. Don't give your neighbor a second thought. Temps here regularly hit below zero in winter and I have many friends with chickens over 3 years old and the temps don't bother them at all. By the looks of your coop your chickees have a long happy very spoiled life ahead of them.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2011

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