Sebrights in winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by babsh, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Minnesota and have 2 Sebrights. I have an insulated coop that I believe is dry and draft-free. My other 8 hens are "cold hearty" breeds, so I am confidant they will handle our winter just fine. But I have read that SLS's are not cold hearty. So....what does this mean exactly? What kind of special considerations do I need to make for them. I have a heater in the coop that I only planned on using for the extremely cold times (well below zero). But perhaps I will need to use it more than i thought?

    Barb
     
  2. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    Sebrights are extremely cold hardy. Don't let the size fool you. They don't require a heater in the coop.

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  3. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    it probably laid the one on the left!
     
  4. portlandpeeps

    portlandpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of sebright is that LittleChicken? she's soooooo cute!

    Our sweetest hen is a sebright. I love those little chickens!
     
  5. Champagne980576

    Champagne980576 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Sebrights, but I live in North Carolina, where it rarely gets below 15 degrees. The man I bough these little girls from left them outside year-round, with a roof over their head, but no sides on their coop. He said they did just fine, but I baby my chickens.

    I believe many people caution against heat bulbs, but I use them. I have pine shavings on the floor of their henhouse, and a red 250 watt bulb suspended from the ceiling (at a safe height, to where they aren't going to touch it). I just put the bulb in one of those utility lamps from Home Depot, and leave that metal shield thing around it to keep dust from getting on the bulb. I also tie the clamp on the utility light to a secure place, just in case it were to fall from where it is clamped. That way, it won't go too far.

    I have used them for about 5 years and never had a problem. You might want to use multiple bulbs, depending on the size of your coop.

    I hope that helped!
     
  6. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read several times that they are not a "cold hearty" breed. It's good to know this might not be so.

    Barb
     
  7. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    Quote:She is a Golden Sebright Hen.

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  8. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even tho my Guys -n- Gals live in a VERY well insulated coop heated with 2 red heat lamps, my seabrights always follow the flock outdoors...tho they come in sooner than the rest...

    And OMG!! What the heck laid that GIANORMOUS egg????


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    Lacey: (laying behind Kashi The Mille Fluer)
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  9. RPetChicks

    RPetChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    so let me get this right are the sebrights hardy or not?[​IMG]
     
  10. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barb; Sebrights are hardy enough not to worry unless we get really cold here in our area. Then be concerned about all of them. Our Mrs. Chicken is a GS and the boss of the rest of the chickens. we just hatched a new Sebright from her. Don't know if it's a he or a she yet. Mr. Chicken lives in the country where he can crow his head off. Mrs. Chicken went to a sleep over and gave us one fertile egg!

    ETA: her egg was not as big as Little Chicken Racing Teams! [​IMG]
     
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