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Winter behavior - getting out of a draft?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mark, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. Mark

    Mark Songster

    May 13, 2007
    North Central Texas
    Consider a cold and windy winter evening.

    If a hen house has a couple of open windows which allow the wind to blow through, will chickens simply ignore it and sleep on their regular roosts, even if there is a box in the hen house providing shelter from the wind?

    I am wondering if the average chicken will modify its sleeping location to avoid a draft.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2007
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have an open window/door with doubled chicken wire for Spring/Summer and Fall..Winter I have a wooden cover I nail up to it......one of my roosts is right beside this opening door and no they do not try to move out of the draft....and there are other places to roost from.......
  3. Mark

    Mark Songster

    May 13, 2007
    North Central Texas

  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    My birds like to sleep outside, but when it gets really cold, a few of the younger ones, the infirm ones, and tiny ones do go inside.
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 20, 2007
    Drafts are a real concern and can cause health problems when the north winds blow. Good ventilation without drafts is the the key here to proper coop management.
    Chickens having to look for a place to avoid the draft, aren't in the best situation and should have changes made to the housing to provide a draft free environment. Healthy happy hens are why we do this right?


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