speaking of chicken sweaters, how cold is too cold for the coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hawtchick, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. hawtchick

    hawtchick Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Last year with our guinea hens we left a heat lamp high in the coop for heat, for under 20 degrees.
    I am in NH and it does get really cold, and the coop has NO insulation. I have been stocking it with plenty of hay and bedding for warmth. Any ideas????
    Don't want my girls and guys to freeze.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2008
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Quote:Do you just have guinea hens, or chickens, too. I don't raise guineas, so I don't know how much cold they can easily tolerate, but a few of my chicken girls were voluntarily sleeping outside at sub-zero (°F) temperatures just fine.


    Keep the drafts down, and their down can handle the cold. For the guineas, keep an eye on them... if they start to huddle and show signs of being too cold, then perhaps give them some heat.

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2008

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