Still laying 80% with Freezing Temps! WOOHOO!! :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by figaro78, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. figaro78

    figaro78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just collected 5 eggs for today (only have 6 birds total: 4 chickens & 2 ducks)... That tells me that our chickens & ducks must be happy even though they're prolly freezing their tail feathers off!! It's a whopping 29 degrees outside here in OKlahoma, when you figure wind chill, it's like 21... Brrr... [​IMG]
     
  2. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
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    Wow give those girls some extra treats!! [​IMG]
     
  3. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been getting the same number of eggs for the last few months.....and it was 17 degrees when I left for work this morning [​IMG] Mine are all still pullets though [​IMG]
     
  4. Delilah1337

    Delilah1337 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im getting 7 a day from my 7 girls, I do add some extra heat in the coop. I cant stand the thought of my little babies shivering their little tails off, even though they are locked up in the draft-free coop
     
  5. billiejo21

    billiejo21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours haven't dropped off either...it's been freezing cold here!! We have a open air coop...weather doesn't seem to bug them one bit! They are "pasture" raised (we have them in a one acre fenced in area), so they have plenty of places to gain shelter (barns, etc) and only go to the coop for water, food, and to lay eggs! I think chickens are tougher than we think they are!!!! I'm THRILLED that they are still laying!! I did up their feed a bit and I'm considering adding in some crushed corn for some extra calories as the weather drops...but I think they do pretty good job of taking care of themselves!! [​IMG]
     
  6. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great Job, Girls! Are you giving them heat or light? (Are you sure they didn't sneak over here and steal the eggs that my 8 month olds haven't been laying???) [​IMG]
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  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Mine stopped being so productive [​IMG] And it is much warmer right now here! Today it was 50, and not one egg! I have 3 that have laid within the last month, one that is at the end of a moult and 12 that are almost at the perfect age to start laying!

    One moved a golf ball today (the pullets not laying yet), so I have hopes that it's going to be soon! They are starting to get redder in the face, and will squat when I pick them up.
     
  8. figaro78

    figaro78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Great Job, Girls! Are you giving them heat or light? (Are you sure they didn't sneak over here and steal the eggs that my 8 month olds haven't been laying???)

    @cottagechick: LOL!! Mine stay locked up in their coop, due to lack of fence & numerous dogs running loose in the 'hood. [​IMG]

    Their coop has no heat in it, but it is fairly insulated & draft free. They do have a 200W red heat light that is hanging in the outside enclosure, that I only turn on for them when it is below freezing. (Helps a bit with the watering too) During the day they will stay outdoors & congregate around it, but at nite, they all get in their coop, including the ducks.

    @scarlett456: They are spoiled. I give them fresh fruit/veggies at least a couple times a week!​
     
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  9. figaro78

    figaro78 Out Of The Brooder

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    A wicked chicken lays deviled eggs

    @BillieJo21: Never heard that before, but I LOVE it! lol!​
     
  10. billiejo21

    billiejo21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:@BillieJo21: Never heard that before, but I LOVE it! lol!

    Thanks!! Laughed out loud the first time I read it somewhere....think it's hilarous!!

    I am giving my girls some added light at night....it's getting dark here around 4pm...so I light around their coop so they can get a little more time out and about!
     

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