winter concerns..

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ginevive, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Ginevive

    Ginevive Out Of The Brooder

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    I am concerned. I live up in NY, and winter is on its way. How should I provide for my roosters? I have 2; a RI red and a white. They are inseperable. Now, they spend their nights in the barn (unheated, 2-horse stall barn.) I know that obviously I need something to keep their water thawed out..
    Any heat requirements? Everyone I know of here has big farms with no heat in their barns and their roosters/hens are fine. I am wondering your thoughts..
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    As long as they have secure shelter out of the cold and drafts, some bedding to burrow into, they should do fine. They will huddle and share body heat at night. You can also offer cracked corn in the late afternoon early evening as this helps them to generate body heat. If you really worry about them at night you can always hang a heat lamp with a safety chain on a timer to come on in the night and go off in the morning.
     
  3. Ginevive

    Ginevive Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds cool [​IMG] They can definately shelter into part of the barn where we keep the straw; there is always enough on the floor to burrow into. They are currently using a saddle rack (about 6 feet off the ground) as a roost..
     

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