Suggestion needed on how many to have during the winter....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mamaboyd, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many chickens(hens) should I keep together during the winter months. I want to make sure that there are enough to keep each other warm and comfy with , and I also hope to get some eggs during the winter months if possible. What would be a good number to keep? Our winters can get very chilly, especially with the wind, sometimes down to -40 degrees. Any suggestions?
    Thanks! Trish:)
     
  2. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suggest that you have as many chickens as you can, and if you get too many, give the extras to me. [​IMG]

    Seriously, though, if you throw a heat lamp out there, that'll do the trick. Gotta keep those combs from being frostbitten. And make sure they're out of the wind and damp; enclose your coop.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I say it depends on the type of coop you have. If it's all cozy, put in as many as you need to keep it cozy. Four birds in a dog house would be happier than the same four birds in a 14 x 20 barn. If things get really cold, you could put in a heat lamp but I've heard that causes more problems if you have really cold winters because the birds get used to it at night and can't withstand the chilly day time temps.
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Trish....how big of a space are you keeping them in? Is the coop insulated?? Draft free? Something to think about. Usually 4 sq ft per standard size chicken. But I guess you could go with 3 sq ft, if its THAT cold! Will just have to watch for pecking...and make sure they can get outside still too.
     
  5. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are thinking about keeping 15 hens, the rest are being processed nest Tuesday. The coop is not insulated...yet, but it's pretty draft free, we'll being doing some work to make sure everything is snug and cozy. I can't remember the size of the coop, I'll have to recheck with hubby. Thanks for all your input!![​IMG] Okay, I checked, we'll have plenty of room for the hens at 3 sq feet per bird, even at 4 sq feet per bird, there will be extra room!! Yippee!
     
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