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This cold snap.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lisa Razmyar, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. lisa Razmyar

    lisa Razmyar Out Of The Brooder

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    It's suppose to get down to 30 tonight. How do I know if I should put a heat bulb in the coop? It will closed up but not sure if they will need heat?
     
  2. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big or old are the chicks now? You shouldn't close coop up all the way cause they need ventilation. Is there any way you could put bales of straw around the coop? That may help keep them warm, but if they have been out before, the heat lamp will not let them get adjusted to nature. (Cold hardy vs heat tolerant, they have to be in that climate)
     
  3. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens shouldn't need a heat lamp after they feather out completely, they are designed to handle cold temps. As mentioned before, open vents so moisture doesn't build up and cause frostbite. Make sure there are no openings at roost level to cause a draft.
     
  4. lisa Razmyar

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  5. lisa Razmyar

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    They are 1-2 years old. There is ventilation in the coop. I close it nightly but we have a window that can open and a flap in the back so I have closed both of those so there is no wind blowing through. I am pretty sure they stayed out with their previous owners. We did not have then in cold weather. I have plenty of pine shaving on the floor but they all sleep in the roost.
     
  6. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lisa,
    They should be good then, since they have their full feathers and they are a little older.
     
  7. lisa Razmyar

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  8. lisa Razmyar

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    Oh good it's just tonight then we will back into 60's. Day and coldest at night upper 40's
    Thank you.
     
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    Will do. Thank you!
     

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