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They may not be happy but they made it through the night!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nuttyredhead, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    We hit record lows last night with the wind chill it was going down to -20 to -30. I went to check the chickens holding my breath. (they are all bantams). They are not happy with me. Squacking up a storm! Several were huddled together in one of the nesting boxes. Two in the wooden house that is in there coop. The warmest seems to be my broody in the dog carrier! And man was she happy when i gave her warm water!!!! I gave them extra (extra!) scratch. I am keeping them locked in the coop today though, I may let them out for an hour later when i can be home to keep an eye of them.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011
  2. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a pen of bantams and not all will roost. The ones that huddle together in corners seemed cold. So I did place door removed dog carriers and turned on their side wooden crates for them. Adding fresh grass hay in them every few days.

    I have plenty of pine shavings on the floor but they still needed something to keep them warm.

    I started using grass hay versus straw and it stays fluffier and they seem to enjoy sleeping in it.

    Keeping them full of feed, especially before they go to sleep at night helps to keep them warm also.
     
  3. believer01

    believer01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A 'chicken' neighbor suggested using gallon water jugs at night to provide heat. My coop is small, 4 x 4, with nest box hanging off the side - so I fill 4 jugs with the hottest tap water I can get and place one in 3 corners and one near the middle of the two nest boxes. I dig them into the shavings for additional insulation. Have had them frozen solid a few mornings, but I'm hoping that the additional heat they provided helped the girls use less energy to keep warm for awhile. [​IMG]
     
  4. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You just described my set up exactly. here is rosie in the nest box next to her hot water bottle as we speak. They insisted on being let out this morning, but everyone seems fine.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Until I put a heater in my coop I was heating bricks in my oven, wrapping them three in a towel and placing them near where my hens usually slept. There was evidence that the hens roosted right on top of the bricks. Also there was a bit of warmth left in them by morning.

    Jenny
     
  6. believer01

    believer01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New Chick - what a lovely coop you have!

    And Miss Jenny that's another great idea! What temp/how long to get the bricks warm but still safe? My girls are so gonna love this! Thanks!
     
  7. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thank you. It's small, but we like it.
     
  8. KimM

    KimM Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in MA, we had similar temps. It was scary- didn't know what I'd find in the morning, but they were all fine thankfully. I like the hot water bottle idea. Hopefully it won't get that cold again, but if it does I may try that. I am too paranoid to put a heat lamp out for them.
     

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