so cold out. should we be worried.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kocho, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. kocho

    kocho In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2014
    The temperature is about 5-10 degrees. We put some plastic around parts of the coop and put hay in both coops. But I'm still worried about our chickens. We've been feeding them extra as well. What else can we do? I thought about putting a light bulb in there, but hesitate for 2 reasons. One is that I heard heating the coop makes the chickens less tolerant to the cold. The other is that i worry my roosters will crow all night. My neighbors haven't complained yet, but that could tip the scale!! We really don't have electric out there anyway.
  2. kocho

    kocho In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2014
    Ok, I guess it's not that cold yet. It's 22 degrees now, but it's supposed to go down to 4 on Thursday.
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Keep them out of the elements and they'll be fine. Make sure your coop has plenty of ventilation, though. An airtight coop is not your friend. Too much moisture is more likely to cause frostbite than cold and dry. We've had it down to -20 here and I have yet to close the pop door on my coop.
  4. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Songster

    Aug 24, 2013
    Auburndale, Wi
    We're do you live? I am in Wisconsin were it has been well below freezing and my unheated coop does just fine. If is not the cold that is hard on the chickens it's drafts and poor ventilation. I haven't lost a chicken due to the cold and last winter our wind chill was -40 to -50 below zero. I am considering this winter to be a heat wave compared to last. Sunflower seeds and meal worms are good warm up snacks. I do not heat or use a heat lamp in my coop. We tend to humanize animals and I am guilty as well but they are honestly stronger than we give them credit for. Best of luck with your flock. :D
  5. mastiffs07

    mastiffs07 In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2014
    I'm new to chickens. What type of hay do I use? I have 2 silkies and it's supposed to be single digits in Connecticut this weekend. They are in a dog crate on a 3 season porch
  6. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chirping

    Sep 17, 2014
    Southern Oregon
    Great advice. Agree 100%. Remember your chickens are wearing BIG Down Coats. [​IMG] When we first started I worried way too much about the cold too. Our big door has a permanent open window that is about 8" x 12" just for extra ventilation and a top vent. They do just fine.
  7. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Don't worry, chickens can handle those temps easily. Check out the pic below. I get temps into the single digits, and the whole front of the coop is wide open, and the birds have no problems at all. Look at where they are, right up front, not huddling in the back of the coop, and hiding form the cold.

  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I've got 3 day old chicks out in the coop with a broody......they were popping in and out of the nest at 5F yesterday morning.
  9. WthrLady

    WthrLady Songster

    Jul 24, 2014
    WestOak, Nebraska
    Mine only hide from the wind.

    So far they've been out foraging at -12'F, not including the wind. Me on the other hand...ugh...brrrrrrrr
  10. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    As others posted, draft free VENTILATION is key to keeping your flock comfortable.

    Follow the link for more info.

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