Super cold weather!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Soleil_A, Jan 20, 2019.

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  1. What do you guys do when the weather goes in the single-negative didgets? I bring mine in my garage! Right now it’s around 3 degrees, feels like -20 with windchill! I felt so bad for the girls I had to bring the into the garage for the time being. Once the windchill goes down, I will put them back outside. 32BB9203-549C-417E-9BDB-EF02F13C394D.jpeg
     
  2. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

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    My chickens were foraging in the single digits this morning (I couldn't stand to be out there for more than 5 minutes!) I prefer to let them stay outside. As long as they have a coop to return to at night, food and unfrozen water, and dry bedding, I think they can tough it out ;)
    Your setup is really cute, btw... those girls have a great parent! :thumbsup
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    If they're protected from the wind, the windchill won't affect them.
     
  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    They would be fine out in their coop/run as long as they have places to get out of the wind.
    Mine have been out all day. We started out at 28F this morning but rapidly dropped to 8. We are now at 5 and going sub-zero tonight. They are still out in the run scratching around.
    Only got 2 eggs instead of the normal 6 but I'd rather they used their energy to keep warm than give me eggs.
     
  5. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch

    Keep 'em dry & out of drafts; they'll be fine outside.
     
  6. chickenpeeple

    chickenpeeple Songster

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    Mine have two chick heat lamps in our coop.
     
  7. CindyinSD

    CindyinSD Crowing

    I close the barn doors down to chicken-width if it’s windy from the south. Otherwise, unless it’s snowing in, etc., I open them wide and as always shut them at dark. The girls like sunshine or at least, filtered-through-cloud-shine. At bedtime they get mixed scratch, sunflower seeds and mealworms.
     
  8. RoosterML

    RoosterML Songster

    I set up a heat lamp today for them, Have a cozy coop heater coming tomorrow. I am not trying to heat the coop but rather given them a place to go to warm up if needed. Down to 0* tonight.
     
  9. jreardon1918

    jreardon1918 Songster

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    Pretty cold here. The coop got down to 3f. It is 0 it in the run. The chicks came out when I opened the pop door and are now wandering in the run. Eating the leftovers from the game last night. They won't venture out to the frozen snow in the last part of the run.
     
  10. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

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    4 here with wind chill in the -20 range. The sun is shining & I saw a few ventured out this morning when the door opened. Previous chickens many years ago survived -20 night temps for a week. It was my first year & I didn't panic, because it never occurred to me that it was a problem. Chickens have existed in the cold in the past.
     

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