Poor chilly girls.(frosty pic added)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by domromer, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. domromer

    domromer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went out to turn the girls light out and they had their feathers all puffed out! Poor little things looked cold. I know there not really cold. They are all heavy breeds and their night time coop is an insulated finished building and it's only 30 degrees outside. They just looked kind of forlorn all snugged up.
     
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  2. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That forlorn look might have been beacause you waited until so late to turn the light off. [​IMG]
     
  3. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Dom, your profile says your a displaced Arizonian but you live around here(PNW) now don't you?

    I know how you feel, the first thing I did this morning was ask colleen if the chickens were ok, was around 30 degrees last night too. :eek:
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I bet they were all puffed up because they haven't been able to go to sleep for the last 6 hours.

    It really is best to let the chickens go to roost naturally as the sun goes down without a light extending their day.
     
  5. domromer

    domromer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I live in Eugene Oregon. When I let the girls out this morning it said 24 degrees outside. It didn't seem to slow them down at all!

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  6. domromer

    domromer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I thought it was fine to extend their daylight hours to 16 hours to keep up egg production in the winter? Am I wrong? I read in wasn't harmful in their first year of laying.
     
  7. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    if you are going to, i thik people say best to extend morning hours rather than evening.
     
  8. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
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    Quote:I thought it was fine to extend their daylight hours to 16 hours to keep up egg production in the winter? Am I wrong? I read in wasn't harmful in their first year of laying.

    It is recomended that you extend the day in the morning. That way they can go settle in for the night with the natual light at night instead of a sudden lights out. [​IMG]
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    My girls and boy had to deal with 7 degrees - thats the coldest it was last night in the coop - its 21 right now.
     
  10. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Put your coop light on a timer so it comes on earlier in the morning rather than letting them stay up later at night.

    Plus, their feathers puffed out helps them trap air next to their bodies which helps keep a layer of warm air around them - like putting on another layer of a blanket.

    They'll be fine!
     

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