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Why cover the whole coop in Winter ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Poultry4Health, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. Poultry4Health

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    Winter is approaching (0-4 deg Celcius minimum)and I have to keep my chicken coop warm . Do I really need to cover the whole coop with tarpaulin ? What if I get a 2x2 foot brick enclosure and hag a curtain at opening to acomodate my 5 layers ? That will be more manageable an d economical.Any thoughts.
     
  2. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With those temps, you don't have to cover anything. What kind of coop do you have now? Where do you get the idea, of a 2X2' covered brick box? Just keep them in a dry, WELL ventilated proper coop, and they will be fine.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens(depending on the breed) are generally very cold hardy. It's the cold drafts that do more damage than the actual cold itself. Their feathers are great insulation.
     
  5. Poultry4Health

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    Thanks a lot everybody. I am living in Pakistan and those 2x2 brick houses/enclosures are common here that's why I mentioned. As for my design of coop I made it between two adjacent walls (between house boundary wall and the building.So have two sides closed (wall ) and the other two open (metal wire net) Roof is net+Tarpaulin+metal sheet on top to waterproof. Cold winds do cross the coop in this design. The chicken sleep on top of a wooden crate having a small crate put over the main crate (to one side) to block wind from one side.

    I also have 6 chicks (1.5 months old in a separate coop (open on all sides but put under my car shed. I put a plastic bucket sideways for them to get cosy but they prefer to sleep on top on it all cuddled together.

    The breeds are both local non-descript as well has locals crossed with White Leg Horn.But my friend always seals his coops from all sides with tarpaulin which I based on your comments feel is unnecessary.

    I dont provide them any commercial feed ( I kept chicken to avoid these feeds) put them on wheat, millets, greens , sunflower seed, fruit peals etc.
     

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