this winter/

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by flopsy, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. flopsy

    flopsy In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2008
    We live in the south, but am wondering what we need to do this winter. The coop is wooden, but have open window and door. Put plastic on them? Anything else? Thanks!
  2. Judymae

    Judymae Songster

    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    I keep my coop kinda open in the winter. We live near Dallas Texas. I have it vented I guess you would say across the top of the walls near the roof.

    If you are gonna get a huge draft in through those openings I would try to find a temporary way to cover them. I hang a heat lamp (the one I used for the brooder) in the middle of the coop. Then we have a small space heater in the corner by the roosting poles. I don't use either of them unless it's really cold.

    You may want to clean out your shavings and give them fresh stuff to start out the winter. They will dust bathe more in the coop than outside once it starts getting cooler.

    GOOD LUCK!!!
  3. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    It got down to single digits here last winter, and I have a window in my coop that only got a garbage bag stretched across it--I was constantly having to fix it. If you are in an area where you won't get much below freezing, I don't think you need to worry about doing more than cutting the drafts on cold nights. I imagine plastic over the opening would be fine, but make it something you can put up and down, because you don't want to cut off all of the ventilation or you'll get sick chickens.

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