Snow and wind tonight. What to do ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tsmith1499, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. tsmith1499

    tsmith1499 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are predicting 1-2 inches of snow and winds 10-20mph with gusts to 40mph. Since this is our first winter with chickens, do I shut the doors for ventilation for the night until the wind and snow is done? I am concerned with the wind that it will blow into the coop and on the chickies. We want to keep them safe, dry and comfy. Also temps are supposed to be in the 20's for the 1st time this winter.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You want the air to exchange without direct drafts on the chickens. So if the air is moving around the chickens, it will steal their heat from between their feathers. Ideally you would have one side open up high so that there is no drafting of air and none blowing directly on them.

    If all your windows are going to make airflow right on them, then you might want to see Pat's ventilation page for ideas:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-VENTILATION
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you know which way the wind is coming from, and you closed the vents on that side, would you still have ventilation to leave open on the other side?
     

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