Supposed HUGE snow storm..how will they fair??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ducklove334, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Virginia
    I wasn't sure where to post this, but my "flock" consists of all my birds,Chickens AND ducks.

    anyways, we're supposed to get this HUGE nasty snow tonight,

    it's snowing right well,now.

    I put the new baby chicks in the brooder room,wich is actually a ROOM, with two heatlamps,food and water. this is where they will live until they are old enough to go with the older birds.

    but I'm worried about how they'll do with the cold, the room is cool, but no where near what it's like outside.

    theres also the two broody hens, the bantam in the old wooden shed, and the red hen in the feed room, the feed room door is closed, to keep the wind out.

    the rest of the boys and girls have been shut up in the chicken coop.

    I know ducks and geese do well in cold, and snow, but don't like the wind so much, they've got a few places to get out of the brunt of the wind, but still, and what about the eggs??, I have three duck nests right now, Rosilee, has got about 12 eggs that she's worked hard on, plus lyras new nest, and the mallard nest. I'm worried that the cold will crack them, then the ducks hard work will be ruined [​IMG]

    I Know ducks and geese
     
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  2. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    I'm getting the snow as well, it has already begun... Chickens are in the coop enjoying to heat light...
     
  3. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may be barn bound for a while like my Andalusians, here, after our first snow storm. No snow trekking for them:
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    Or they may be brave like my comets:
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  4. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    Mine love the snow... Sort of
     
  5. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are setting on the nests the eggs will be fine..
    If not just bring the eggs in for a few days till it warms up....
     
  6. Danny81577

    Danny81577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Va to getting allot of snow about 8 inches whight now I have eggs in the bator and lost power around 9 PM and who knows when it will be back on
     
  7. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Virginia
    All was well this morning...sort of [​IMG]

    the chicks were ok, when i open the chickens pop door to let them out, they were nothing doing [​IMG], they havn't left the coop ALL day.

    I found that the wind had blow the old wooden shed door open sometime in the night, and Natalie was COVERED in snow,up to her head, I cleared it all off of her, she had ICE on her comb and waddles, and all over her feathers [​IMG]

    she left the nest after a while and the eggs started to get cold, so I took them in for an hour and put them in the bator until I saw her sitting outside the shed door looking rather sad, she let me pick her up, I set her on her spot in the shed, then went and got her eggs and gave them back.

    I had to repair the ducks mesh pentop because the wieght of snow had knocked it all down. plus I had to remove two nests of eggs because the eggs got cracked, Rosilees eggs, however wernt even that cold, so I left those 13.

    I hope it clears up soon!
     
  8. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    Should start to warm up into the 60's by Wednesday or Thursday...
     
  9. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Virginia
    I sure hope so [​IMG], I'm tired of all this cold and snow and yuck [​IMG]
     
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    5° here with a -8° wind chill....the chickens are out pecking something(who knows what?) off the ground and loving life....tough flock! They seem very relaxed and comfortable in their foraging.
     

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