winter advice?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by EllieJ, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. EllieJ

    EllieJ New Egg

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    Trying to convince my husband it is completely reasonable to have two or three backyard hens. The big hold-up now is winter housing. We live in the upper Midwest where it can be below freezing for days / weeks at a time. We had 10 inches of snow last week, and nine more are predicted next week. Is it appropriate / humane to keep chickens outside in such conditions? If necessary to bring them inside, how do we keep them happy while confined? (Husband is not going to go for free-range house chickens!)
    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: They won't be "outside" if you build a coop.
    They can stand the cold as long as they have a dry, draft free shelter.

    With your temperatures, I'd make sure to have electricity available to run a water heater of some type. Otherwise they can survive well where you are

    You do NOT want chickens anywhere in your house

    Wait until Spring, get your coop/run constructed, and THEN think about getting the birds
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree with Bear Foot farms. Build a good coop, get your chicks later when the weather is better. Then by fall you will have a better idea of their needs in cold weather and how to provide it.

    Winter is no time to be experimenting.
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  5. EllieJ

    EllieJ New Egg

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    Thanks all for the links. Don't worry, we're completely in planning phase only right now. Doing my homework...
     
  6. trapper john

    trapper john Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in alaska chickens do just fine up here it can drop to -25 or -30 styrofoam sheet ins will work wonders in a coop with a heat lamp.
     

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