When to cover the window?

BantammChick

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It is getting really cold. Last night it got below 20 degrees. My chicken coop has a small space at the top on the front with chicken wire to let the air in when it's warm. It's kind of like a chicken window. And I have a tarp to cover it with when it gets really cold. I have 38 birds that roost in the coop. 11 guineas and 27 chickens. When should I cover up their window??
 

BantammChick

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@DobieLover The roosts are in the back of the coop, and the window is at the front. As for height, they are both at the same level... @hillbilly91 You are probably right. They get on the roost and cuddle up together, except for a few crazy chickens I have that like to roost in the nest boxes on their own.
Thanks for your help
 

hillbilly91

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@DobieLover The roosts are in the back of the coop, and the window is at the front. As for height, they are both at the same level... @hillbilly91 You are probably right. They get on the roost and cuddle up together, except for a few crazy chickens I have that like to roost in the nest boxes on their own.
Thanks for your help
That's a bad habit. I would raise the roost or lower the nesting boxes you stop that. Also adding another roost + doing the other will help
 

BantyChooks

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I usually put plastic over the windows when nighttime temps get near zero. I wouldn't do anything for your weather, but it's personal preference, I guess.
 

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