should I bring my 3 hens inside when its too cold?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LindsayB, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have kind of a dumb question, but I live near houston where it rarely freezes...should I bring my 3 hens inside our garage for the night? I'm not really sure how cold hardy chickens are. And my easter egger has a bare butt from being pecked...Its supposed to get around 30 tonight.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Do they have a coop?

    If they have a coop, they will be fine.
     
  3. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have a coop, but it has vents on all sides around the roof to let cool air in during the summer. I just went out there and I was freezing my *** off... I guess I'm just paranoid about them...
     
  4. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    You sould be fine with them outside. We have our 5 week old chicks outside with no light or heat and it has been getting down below freezing already this year. We just let them huddle together in a nest box. All the other chickens are up on their roosts all night and our hen house/ roosting area is mostly all screen.
     
  5. Montana-Hens

    Montana-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be fine....days here are only in the 20's & 30's, and my ladies are out free ranging all day. They bed down in the coop where the temps area already in single digits and all they have is body heat and insulation.
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:You could close off some of the vents for a couple of months if that would make you feel better.
     
  7. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay well I trust your opinions. I'm sure all of ya'll have had alot more experience with chickens than me. Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  8. Iceblink

    Iceblink Chillin' With My Peeps

    I brought my 3 girls in every night when we lived in CA. That was mostly because of the skunks and racoons. They slept in a large dog crate with shavings. Every night they would line up at the back door and wait to be let in. Then they would all troop into their crate and go to sleep. Having just 3 is nice that way.

    If they were out during the day and it was really cold, I would give them some scratch for extra warmth. I've heard of people doing it before bed on cold nights.
     
  9. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well I give mine cracked corn in the evenings...I dont know if that would do anything though.....
     
  10. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The thing about chickens is that they all have these down coats God dressed them in. Seriously they will be fine, if they are used to being outside. I am of the opinion that if you let them acclimate to your climate they will "harden off" and their bodies will adapt along with the weather and they will be just fine if they can stay out of the wind and rain and snow. If you import birds from say Cabo San Juan in January then it would be unkind to make them stay out in cold weather they were clearly unused to.
     

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