Trying to get ready for winter and have some questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Buxton Ducks, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Buxton Ducks

    Buxton Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a very unique situation this winter: Last winter one of my roos got bad frostbite and I would like to avoid that this year. I have searched on here and found that moisture is the problem. I have a 8 by 8 wood shed that I installed 3 more windows in for summer air flow. I plan on installing a couple vents for winter but am worried about the breeds I got this spring. I have a frizzle roo, 3 silkies, and 5 naked necks that I got this spring. Are they going to be okay with a breezy coop, I have heard that they are not very cold tolerant. I noticed how much cleaner the coop has stayed this summer with air flow and would like to accomplish that this winter without making it uncomfortable for my feathered buddies. I know there is a lot of posts on this topic but am having a hard time finding the right answer for my situation. I live in Maine and the next couple nights are already getting down to the high thirties. Thanks everyone!
     
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not breezy, but ventilated to keep the moisture down in winter. I my mind, a vent high in the coop will allow the moist air to rise. There needs to be an inlet down lower to supply air.

    I understand frostbite is from too moist air and the cold. I doubt the cold will hurt most chickens, but the moisture sets them up for frostbite.

    Chris
     
  3. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Given the "tender" nature of the breeds you mentioned, you might consider the vents for air flow but also perhaps giving them a huddle box within the coop - basically a sheltered area inside the coop (sort of a box with an opening or a side open away from the vents/airflow) to give them a smaller space to keep warm with body heat. Might help keep them warmer while still allowing for good air flow.
     
  4. Buxton Ducks

    Buxton Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I will put in vents and a huddle box! I will do it this weekend and post pics. I really appreciate it.
     
  5. Buxton Ducks

    Buxton Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys, I was bored last night and put in the vents! I got floor vents from home depot and put 2 on each side and one on the front door. I was nice and dry in there this morning so I think this will work nicely. I really appreciate the advice, I will make the huddle box with plywood tomorrow.

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  6. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have frizzles and silkies and agree in cold weather they need a huddle box. I just use medium sized plastic dog crates and remove the door. I fill bottom with shavings and line the edges with straw to make a wall of sorts.

    Every few days I pull out the straw and the shavings and replace them with fresh.
     
  7. coolcanoechic

    coolcanoechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    I love the sign! [​IMG]
     
  8. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG! The SIGN! *dies laughing*:lol:
     
  9. Buxton Ducks

    Buxton Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha ha my grandmother was appalled when she saw that.... But I find it hilarious!
     
  10. AlicesSilkies

    AlicesSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Absolutley fab Sign!!!!
     

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