Should I cover my coop with a tarp for the cold?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chquinta, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. Chquinta

    Chquinta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I have 4 laying chicks and rooster that are 7 months my coop and run are open we are suppose to get down to freezing tonight and tomorrow with sleet. Will they be ok. I'll post pic so u can see if I need to close it off for wind!! Please help.. Need to do it in a little bit if I should.
     
  2. Chquinta

    Chquinta Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know about covering the run, they roost under the roof, right? I'd worry more about blocking the wind from getting to them. They're pretty well insulated with those air pockets they can get by fluffing up their feathers, the worry comes in when the wind blow and keeps their feathers moving and they lose their air pockets....just block the wind and they should be fine
     
  4. Chquinta

    Chquinta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They roost inside the corner where the tin is in the back left corner..
     
  5. Chquinta

    Chquinta Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Chquinta

    Chquinta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes sorry that's what I meant block the wind from hitting them.
     
  7. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    They should have a draft free area regardless, for comfort.

    They are fine to temps way below 0 if dry and draft free.
     
  8. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Chquinta

    Chquinta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I know I haven't enclosed the roost area yet but since it has 3 sides there's not a lot of draft since it sits north to south. I guess I'll leave the tarp up until I get extra money to buy wood to enclose it. Thanks everyone.. They were good this morning got 4 eggs out of 4 hens..
     

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