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Warmest Bedding for Winter?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by flockoffour, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. flockoffour

    flockoffour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2012
    West Coast
    Hi, I have four hens and they are in an uninsulated coop. The weather doesn't get too extreme here, but at night the temperature does drop pretty significantly. I was wondering what bedding is the warmest, and any other tips you may have for winter. (this is my first time owning chickens) Thanks in advance!
  2. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2012
    well to start you have this posted in the quail section so I can not answer your question sorry...
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    I think this post should be in the chicken section, (this is the quail section) LOL, but many of us quail keepers also keep chickens.

    One of the first thing new chicken owners do their first winter is to lock the coop up tight. Don't do it. Chickens put out a lot of heat and moisture from breathing and pooping. This moisture rises to the ceiling, condenses and unless it has some place to go, like out a vent or window, it falls back down on the chickens, making them damp and can cause frost bitten combs as it freezes. Even temps in the low 30's, and not even at freezing, can freeze combs. So, unless the chickens roost right in front of a window, leave all windows and vents open so the heat can escape. As long as there is not direct wind in their faces, let the air move. They will be a ton warmer if they are dry and not damp from too much moisture.

    Do they roost or are they going to sleep on bedding? Straw is the warmest type of bedding you can use. Grass hay also works well. Fluff these up so that air is trapped in the hay so that they chickens stay warm. Shavings work well to keep them warm when they snuggle deep down into it. The problem with straw or hay is that it does not absorb as much of the smell or wetness from the poop as the shavings would. I use grass hay in my coop and have never had any problems with too much stink.
  4. flockoffour

    flockoffour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2012
    West Coast
    Thanks for the advice- oh and I will remember to check next time to not post something in the quail section- (i clicked on quail bedding and that must be how I got here)

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