Question about cold

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mmch618, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. mmch618

    mmch618 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2013
    Will it be ok to keep my 3 chickens outside in -18 weather with 12mph wind? They have a coop that is draft free yet ventialted, however usually they prefer to stay outside in the wind and i worry about that. Should I bring them in or keep them out?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I always give mine the choice. If they want to go out they can, if they want to stay in they can. The coldest I’ve had it here was about -4 F but they decided to go out in that. It was calm. If the wind is blowing they normally don’t go out, but the wind is the deciding factor, not the cold.
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I agree with Ridgerunner - they're smart enough to come in out of the wind if they get cold. Mine prefer to be inside when it's windy. They don't mind sub-zero temps on a calm day.
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    I agree with both of the above answers. It depends on temps and wind and snow whether or not they go out.

    Cold but not windy, they'll go out. Windy but not cold, they'll go out. Light snow on the ground they'll go out, deep snow they stay in.

    Rain--they will most likely go out as long as it isn't freezing rain. Their skin doesn't even get wet--their feathers are waterproof.

    Give them free access to the coop. They'll go out when they feel like it, be in when they feel like it.
  5. Davey G

    Davey G Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2014
    When we got our first snow my dad would put our chickens in the coop but he would let them out if the snow melted or we had a major thaw even if the snow didn't melt.
  6. mithious

    mithious Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine won't go out if it's a cold windy day or there is more than a few inches of snow on the ground. They just peek out and say "nope" not going out today LOL. They don't like the rain much either, although a few will go out for a bit, unless it's one of our deluges'.

    They do like to peek out though, and see if the snow is gone or not [​IMG]

    They did go out for a couple days, when we had that January thaw, and it was 38 to 40 degrees, but there wasn't much of a wind either.

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