silkies in winter?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by misfitgang, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. misfitgang

    misfitgang New Egg

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    hi, i am wondering if silkies need heat to survive in a central pennsylvania winter?
     
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
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    All of mine survived the -37C week we had last winter. I did have to take them in the house for two days though because they were growing frost on thier feathers [​IMG] But the rest of the winter they were fine...our regular days here are -20C during winter
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Is your coop heated or insulated?
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    anyone here in PA i know with silkies doesnt' do anything special for them [​IMG] i think you're fine as long as they dont get soaked [​IMG]
     
  5. misfitgang

    misfitgang New Egg

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    well, i haven't built a coop yet.... i guess i am still in the "planning" stages. but i was going to build one with wheels that way i can move it to the front in the winter where i get almost full day sun. and it will either be insulated, or double walled. my yard is fenced with a 4 foot high chain link, and i was planning to let the little girls just free range on my property. but i do have hawks in my area. so i was hoping they would be smart enough to hide when the hawk is near, like the wild birds do. and i also am wondering if the fence will be adequate to keep them contained in my yard, and not my neighbors. thanks
     
  6. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Quote:Is your coop heated or insulated?

    No it isn't heated or insulated. If I could go back I definitely would insulate, but it is double walled and when I tried pulling the interior walls off it was not going to be so easy so it is staying as it...
    I would never heat though, that really causes more harm than good. Insulate for sure! It will make everything much easier!
     

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