Serama keeping question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kschaef65, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. kschaef65

    kschaef65 New Egg

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    I have a small flock of Serama's. I have not had them outdoors in the chicken coop during the Midwest winter. I live in Central Illinois where the weather can get quite frigid. During January and February we have some days where the temperature outdoors is 15° or below and especially with windchill.

    I read that Seramas do not do well when the temperature falls below 40°. Do I need to do something to keep their chicken shed above 20°. Keeping it at 40° would not be realistic it would take quite a lot of heating.

    Last year I kept the 2 Serama's that I had at the time in the garage in a rabbit hutch type of enclosure. The garage temperature never really falls below about 20 or 30° even on the coldest days when the windchill outdoors is below zero. They seem to do fine in that environment.

    I may also be able to add some insulation to the outdoor chicken coop. It is a pretty solid shed with three glass windows. But the windows are single pane so there is a lack of insulation.

    Thanks in advance for your comments and advice.

    Kevin
     
  2. GotGame

    GotGame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keeping them at 20 should do just fine. Last winter we got down to 0 with seramas in a nice tight little coop outside. When it got colder, we moved them in a building that was kept around 30. A lot of ppl will not, at all, leave them outside through the winter. We do, and they have proven to be as hardy a breed as any, and by treating them like a chicken, rather than like a baby, that ensures us that we are breeding from hardy birds.
     
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