Raising Cornish Cross in cold weather

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BynSilo, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. BynSilo

    BynSilo New Egg

    Feb 9, 2014
    Our Cornish Cross chickens are 3 1/2 weeks old and have been brought out to the A-frame tractor to forage and get used to their coop during nice days and brought back in at night and in any cold weather. Temps here in TN are unusually cold this winter and temps for the next 2 weeks are forecasted to be highs in the 40's and lows in the mid-20's. Does anyone out there have any experience raising this type of chicken in this cold weather? We really hate to watch them spend their short life in a box in the garage when they should be outdoors where they can move and be happy. Any advice on heat sources/lamps in the coop? Thanks in advance!
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    The Cornish X I've had always seem to feather more slowly than other breeds. That said, I've had Freedom Rangers out at that age in the middle of winter. Do you have the means to put a heat lamp in their coop? That's what I do if it drops below the 40s till they're about 5 weeks old. Just use their behavior as a guide. If they crowd during the day, they're cold. They'll crowd at night no matter the age or temperature.
  3. Kildare49

    Kildare49 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Central Wisconsin
    Sunny with highs in the 40's, they will do just fine. Night lows in the 20's , if they are in a dry coop
    they will be fine. I have used a heat lamp in the past @ those night time temps. Dry coop and bedding is more important. They will go through more feed keeping warm, and growth rates will be slowed. I live in Wisconsin....looking at the long term forcast....no spring broilers this year. Last year was a long cold spring....and it showed in the extra weeks and feed for the broilers.
  4. BynSilo

    BynSilo New Egg

    Feb 9, 2014
    Thank you both! We will take your advice here and apply it. We do have the means for a heat lamp in the coop for cold nights, so we will get that set up. We appreciate your responses!!:)

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