Winter any advice?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Easter eggers, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Songster

    Jul 4, 2011
    It is suppose to snow here in az and a temp of 35 degrees. But my hens roost outside they have a roof over where they roost and will be protected from the snow so can they stay outside?

  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Crowing Premium Member

    Your chickens should be OK, afterall, they are wearing down coats. Hopefully they won't get wet and can be sheltered from the wind. I see you are in AZ...I have seen people in extra-warm climates like ours---have what they call 'run in' shelters that are open on one side and closed on 3--- like a big wooden crate---- As long as they are safe from predators, maybe find a little more shelter for them if the weather is wet and cold/windy. They could use the run in shelter if they wanted it or stay on the roost if they didn't.

    I was talking with a man the other day who's chicken reached age 12-years---- and she slept in a tree ALL the time. We have had cold down to 16-degrees over the past few years--- I don't know how she did it. Chickens are pretty tough customers sometimes.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011
  3. Pink Delphinium

    Pink Delphinium In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2009
    Yup...there shouldn't be any problem. Some chickens prefer to sleep in the trees! Wild turkeys do...they'll be fine.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    As long as they are protected from predators, they should be fine. Feathers are great insulation.

  5. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    My girls love the snow, hate the heat. I think they'll be fine!
  6. whirlwindschicks

    whirlwindschicks In the Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    OOk how bout me and our COLD COLD winters it is already getting down to 7 degrees and saposed to drop below zero! I live in frickin antartica almost they have a half indoor half outdoor coop I gave them heat lamps inside is it ok to leave them on always for them? I am scared for this winter first winter with chic:rolleyes:kens!
  7. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    They'll be fine.

    But if you're still not sure, CLICK HERE.


  8. whirlwindschicks

    whirlwindschicks In the Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    Ok cool just curious so I could probably go turnoff their lights now sooner than later? [​IMG] they are definatley draft free inside how will I know if they arnt ok in the cold?

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