Will broilers withstand freezing temps?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by btjnark, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. btjnark

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    My cornish crosses have two weeks left, but we're supposed to get below freeing this weekend. They're in a low tractor with solid roof, but wire sides. Will they make it, or should I butcher them early? Please respond if you have experience keeping them outdoors in low temps... Thanks
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    By two weeks left, I'm assuming they are 5 weeks old. If that's the case, they'll be fine.
    Just give them some clean bedding and block off the side that faces the prevailing wind.
     
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    I usually go to eight weeks :)
    They're 6 weeks old. And no bedding in a tractor, they're just on the ground and get moved each day. Still okay?
     
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    I think they're still OK. CornishX feather out poorly but they'll keep each other warm, especially at 6 weeks.
    Just block the wind.

    I had 4 week old freedom rangers moved out to a grow out pen and the open opening was on the south side. A strange storm blew in overnight from the south and blew the roof off so they got rained on. It was really cold and they all survived.
     
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    Thank you :)
     

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