snow and sleet in April?! So frustrated!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TeamChaos, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    It's April in Wisconsin and I should have known better than to think the snow was behind us... but I was so happy to open the windows in my chicken coop and to welcome my first broody hens. Well, now I've got two mamas with babies in the coop and two mamas in an uninsulated broody box in the run, all of whom eagerly want to bring their babies out again today in the sleet and I am freaking out. I also have big chickens who can't hang in the coop all day but who will be soaked when they do come in and I took their heating lamps down. ARGH! This is more of a vent than anything, but I keep telling myself that chickens have lived successfully for many years without heroic measures of human intervention... right?
     
  2. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Right! We are getting the same thing here in Michigan [​IMG] [​IMG] I had a broody with babies this time last year and they did fine. I do not heat my coop or anything.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Yall hang in there...nice weather will come your way soon! We are already getting 90-92 degree temps. I'm afraid it's going to be another record breaking hot summer for us and high electric bills:(
     
  4. obaan1

    obaan1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    High electric bills!! Yipes. Think of all the chicks you could buy instead for the price of one bill.
     
  5. flying_babyb

    flying_babyb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your like a hour from me!

    Weather here is ICK too but ours havent gone out yet, thank goodness. Im too much of a momma hen, I would end up dragging my babies back into the house. Anyone ever litter box train a chicken?
     
  6. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Well, everyone lived! We made a "solar house" for the ladies in the broody box to have their chicks out in and the mamas in the coop spent the day ranging indoors with their little ones. But man, I am SO READY to be done with snow. Ugh.
     
  7. flying_babyb

    flying_babyb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh good, glad to hear everyone is ok.
     
  8. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Well, [​IMG] Hello neighbor! Check out the link in my siggy about the upcoming Michigan chickenstock.
    I have 34 babies in the basement. 15 of them are four weeks old and they are starting to get a bit noisy. Maybe it will warm up enough this weekend to move them out to the coop [​IMG]
     
  9. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:You & me both! I just hope the weathermen aren't wrong about it being 60 by Tuesday.
    Where about in WI are you, if I may ask?
    So happy to hear everyone is doing good. That was some ugly weather the past 2 days!
     
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    At least it'll be nice by the weekend. [​IMG]
     

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