Walk With Me: Keeping Chickens In Winter

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Cyprus, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Hello everyone! :frow
    This thread is for everyone and anyone interested in learning about how to care for chickens in the cold.
    I'm interested in learning about what others do as the season progresses.
    I will also be using my own flock and maintenance as a resource for others.
    So, walk with me while we all work at winning with winter.

    My flock:
    D'Uccle Breeders
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    Layers
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    My retired dinosaur, Ari. And Ms. Freak Show the EE.
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    Mad Leghorn 20181015_161437.jpg
    Some of the gang of layers 20181015_161412.jpg

    I bed my main coop with hay and shavings
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    My other coop, which is much newer, is bed only with shavings. A heat lamp can be hung from above if needed.
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    The coops are side by side
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    My tack shelf has winter supplies on the bottom including heat lamps, water base heaters, a milkhouse heater and more
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    The run is uncovered. They have a dust bath and their branch 'fort' in the back.
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    And for kicks and giggles here is one of my birds, sarcastically named Einstein, enjoying last year's winter.
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  2. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted To Birds

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    Following! :pop
     
  3. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    I also am currently feeding my bantams 1-2 cups of fermented bird seed every day in addition to their pellets and flock block.
    The soaking seed can be seen in the container on my shelf.
     
  4. BY Bob

    BY Bob Proprietor, Fluffy Butt Acres

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    Love the "mad leghorn" [cue evil laugh]
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  5. Tortoise

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    I have no chickens yet. Doing all my researching now and thru winter. So far 99% that I have read says not too heat chickens for winter. Too block them from wind/drafts and to have good coop ventilation. Also to block the run from wind and snow if possible. Some throw hay or straw in the run if there is snow on the ground.
    Have not really found anything yet if there is a temp that is just too cold and heat must be added. The few times I have found added heat mentioned, its to only heat the coop to just about freezing a span of 34-42 degrees or so.
     
  6. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    I only put heat on my waterers to keep the water liquid. I put heat on the birds only when it reaches the negative teens or below as I do have quite a few breeds that are more prone to frostbite.
     
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  8. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    All my birds are still going strong in the same conditions at 48°F today.
    What does everyone else do for their birds?
     
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    Following for info. Great thread by the way
     
  10. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Thanks!
     

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