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Serama keeping question

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

  1. kschaef65

    kschaef65 Hatching

    Nov 18, 2010
    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.

  2. GotGame

    GotGame Songster

    Jul 13, 2010
    NE of OKC
    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.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2011

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