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Preparing for winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cluucky, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. Cluucky

    Cluucky Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, i was wondering if we should do anything to our coop in winter when it comes.
    Also what should we do to prepare our chickens and help them to not get frostbite.
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    i just had to do the dancing rabbit even though it has nothing to do with this.
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    What breed(s) are your birds?
    It would be best if you would post photos of your coop and run - this will help us to identify any changes you might want to make for winter. We will also need to know what your location is so we can advise with your typical winter climate in mind.
     
  3. jimbob86

    jimbob86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just make sure there are no drafts blowing directly on the birds, while at the same time ensuring enough ventialtion that moisture from their breath does not condense on them.......
     
  4. Cluucky

    Cluucky Out Of The Brooder

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    There are three of them (in my avatar) A buffy, speckled sussex and a black austrolorp. Heres our coop:
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    They are mostly free range birds.
    there is a perch inside of the coop
     
  5. jimbob86

    jimbob86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you close them up in the coop at night? How much space is open to the outside for ventilation?
     
  6. Cluucky

    Cluucky Out Of The Brooder

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    The coop door is left open at night, though we put a curtain over their door so they dont see the house lights before i go to school. They spend the rest of their days outside
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  7. Cluucky

    Cluucky Out Of The Brooder

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    They go in by themselves -- on one side there is a perch and their door is covered by a curtain at night so they dont see light and get up at 5am
     
  8. Cluucky

    Cluucky Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you have to do to their combs? I heard their combs can freeze.
     
  9. Cluucky

    Cluucky Out Of The Brooder

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    And there is no fence around the coop
     
  10. rubbleanddebris

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    My birds got a little frostbite in the south dakota winter last year. This year I am going to keep the heated waterer outside, I think that was my moisture problem. I have foil bubble insulation in my coop for the winter. ( http://www.homedepot.com/p/Reflecti...-Insulation-with-Staple-Tab-ST16025/100012574 ) But overall, chickens seem to do fine in the cold. I also have the 'sweeter heater' from when they were chicks if the temp drops drastically to ease them into winter.
     

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