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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BolenBrood, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. BolenBrood

    BolenBrood In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2007
    This will be my first Winter with chickens. I have four laying hens. How cold is too cold? They have a "house" in their coop and I have pine shavings in there but I am unsure about when to hang a heat lamp.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It usually only gets to thee mid 30's in the winter with a few weeks actually freezing with only maybe a week or so in the teens. Most my chickens sleep out side but a few of the older or smaller ones go inside at night. I provide no heat lamp. Some say that giving heat at night reuces their day time cold hardiness as they get used to the warm air.

    Edit: The other cold weather threads: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=17430
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2007
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member Premium Member 11 Years

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I just watch the weather reports. If it is going to be below 30, I put a lamp over the waterer. If it is going to be below 20, I put a heat lamp in the coop on a timer from midnight to 6.

    Right now I am watching the weather reports for the first frost. I want to get my tomatoes and onions in the house before then.

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