Winter and coop - bring snow in with my boots?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sabz, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This might be a weird question..

    In winter, I've read that humidity is the worst factor.
    Well.... when I go feed and water the chickens, I have snow on my boots.

    Should I.. remove my boots when I go in?!?! This sounds like a lot of trouble. Maybe place a plastic tray inside the coop, near the door, so I can wipe my boots a bit?

    How do you do it?
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    When I have snow outside, it is too cold for the snow to melt inside.

    I do pick up and toss out big snow piles, but other than that, nah, I don't bother.

    I make sure that my coop has good ventilation, and I am good to go.
     
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see no need to bother. In the scheme of things it is not that much.

    Heck my hens eat it and peck at my boots to eat the snow off of them. But don't ask them to go out in the snow, NOOOOO, they apparently think snow eats chickens.
     
  4. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HAhah ok, thanks guys! Mine seem to like snow. The rooster seemed scared at first, but after a big 3 seconds he was happy :)
     
  5. GhettoRoo

    GhettoRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tomorrow for mine this year chikens will be a first day of snow, if it snows tomorrow. Will take up a camera to film first reaction..
     
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  6. GhettoRoo

    GhettoRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it was like they wanna run outside but stop to snow, like a red line for them.. After, looks like they would eat all snow, and then be a place to walk.. At the end there was no big deal. My white sussex stars in white snow looks dirty. :D
    + If hawk always catch a white chickens first, then now in snow, i guess it would be a dark chicken now. :D
     
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  7. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahaha yeah I never thought about hawks versus winter.

    True, my white chickens are probably almost invisible in the snow :)
     
  8. pfewless

    pfewless Out Of The Brooder

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    I kick the bulk off before I go in then I dont worry about the rest. I just do my best to make sure there is good ventalation and watch for any signs of condensation. If I were to see condensation I would know I have a problem I need to take care of.
     
  9. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok! I read this in another post.

    Never seen any condensation in the coop :) I will check my humidity thermostat (whatever we call it in english!) but I think it maintains around 40%
     
  10. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hum, not so bad.
    -4C and 45% humidity

    Outside is -7C 55% humidity, feels like -15C they say.. Winds 30km/hre

    I consider the chickens are comfortable :) There's one that has trouble moulting I think.. or is more affected by it than other, poor girl. She looks like she went through a tornado. She has a lot of tubes on her neck, so I think she will be OK next week - hopefully.
     

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