Preparing Your Flock & Coop for WINTER

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by iwiw60, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. jtn42248

    jtn42248 Overrun With Chickens

    Check with a thermometer, you might be surprised at the temp inside the pen. My chicken coop is uninsulated metal on concrete. It was 38 degrees this a.m. when I went out to let them out (balmy by your standards but cold to us) and the inside temp, with no heat other that the chickens, was 52. And, that is with two very large ventalation windows that are open all the time. So, it might not take a lot to keep it warm inside the little pen. The shed itself does not have to be heated. You might also try insulating the exterior of the pen itself. You could just lay insulation against it, maybe attach it with staples if needed. that will help hold heat inside as well. Just make sure that whatever you us is fire proof.

    I checked with a local feed store and they have only the large round bales of hay. But, when loading and unloading it a lot of it falls off to the ground and they said I could have it all if I pick it up and bag it for free. So, sometime all you have to do is ask I guess.
     
  2. CanaDawn

    CanaDawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well, this morning, the water was partly frozen....and that was at -10C with the big heat lamp...so whatever it got down to, it was below -4C or so in there.

    Remember that you have a couple dozen birds....and I have....3. Two of them together weigh less than 2 lbs.

    The shed is metal, so I think I won't use staples. I may tape in some foam to the inside. (remember the hens aren't in the shed, they are in the cage within the shed).

    I'd be phoning to the farmers who make the hay, not to retail. Buy it right out of the field. But free hay is good! You'll find bagged hay takes up a LOT more space than bales, per pound though. (I'd still go get it)
     
  3. Hooperdooper

    Hooperdooper Out Of The Brooder

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    When should I wrap my pen with the plastic? Right now in CT it gets just below freezing at night and highs are near 50. Would it be too early to do so now? I have ducks not chickens and one is an Indian runner that gets cold easier than my Peking. They are only outside during the day and sleep in my basement at night.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    If it were me as you live in CT I'd be wrapping it right now! You don't want to have to try and put that stuff up after the snows hit....
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    Mine's all up and my girls are snug for the winter....
     
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  5. chalidobrenz

    chalidobrenz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a coup that sits off the ground about 3 feet. We have deep bedding, closed and calked the windows, and have a heated waterer and food in the coup at all times. We have a vent into our heated garage and a vent to the outdoors. Hoping that the heat flow from the garage will keep the temperatures in the coup above 25-30, as the winters here can sometimes be lower than -20. I feed my chickens warm oatmeal mixed with a higher protein food in the morning and a big helping of scratch at night, as well as their normal food during the day. They have perches galore and a couple hanging treats to keep them busy. I also fill my waterers every night with hot water to act as another small source of heat. This will be my first full winter with my girls, so I'm hoping all goes well! :)
     
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Last year my ducks did fine out in the open. They had shelter, but they never used it. I just put lots of hay down for them to lay on, so they would be off the snow. Their pen was in front of our barn, so they were out of the wind.
     
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  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like you're ready for winter! Just make sure that the vent into the garage (and to the outside) doesn't create a draft on your girls. Drafts will hurt them more than the cold...good luck!
     
  8. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even though I'm in Texas and it isn't expected to get THAT bad anytime soon, we do get some ice. I preemptively started to winterize over the weekend by partially wrapping in plastic. Those huge rolls of plastic sheeting are fantastic for this use. Just wrap and staple! We wrapped the coop and the run in places were the wind usually blows through the most, to prevent wind chill and drafts, and left some parts open for ventilation purposes. Even made a little roof over the run with a peak, covered in plastic, so that any ice or sleet should run off. I'll have to take pictures because it turned out great. Added some extra footing and bedding, wrapped the roosting bar in a little comfy fabric to keep feeties warm, and we are all set!
     
  9. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    You really don't want to "staple" plastic sheeting...it will rip out in the first good winds you get, as I'm sure you do. I use those cheap bundles of lathe strips...[​IMG]
    Screwed them in...done! Just FYI !! [​IMG]
     
  10. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We stapled it all on first, and then attached what looks very similar to what you used...thin strips of particle-board-type wood...is that what's in the picture? I shall take some photos to share! Yours looks so cozy!
     

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