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winter coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by EJFSCF, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. EJFSCF

    EJFSCF New Egg

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    we are just getting our hens, Rhode Island Reds. They are already laying, not sure how old they are on average.
    Will a hoop/tractor coop be enough for winter in Alabama?
     
  2. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. EJFSCF

    EJFSCF New Egg

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    Thanks! Looks like we should be fine right? Well ventilated and a good place for them to huddle together... Right?
     
  4. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as there is no draft they should be fine. But I've learned its like kids Be Prepared for any and all problems [​IMG]
     
  5. EJFSCF

    EJFSCF New Egg

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    Oh, I'm sure I'll have LOTS of questions. But I'm really excited to see that this board is really active and I will be able to get LOTS of advice and suggestions.
     
  6. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your in Alabama, no such thing as cold in Alabama, trust me. You chickens can survive in your deep freezer. as a matter of fact it is 30* colder here than your deep freezer. They could be in a chicken wire coop and be just fine. Anything more than that is conveniece for you and protection for them (from predators not cold).

    Keep in mind thousands of different kinds of birds live outside every day, where all of us live, without a coop, ample water, free food, etc. If you find yourself wondering about stuff just look at pheasants, grouse, etc in the wild. Where they live, living conditions, algae and poo in every drop water, moldy old and sometimes fresh food, where and how they sleep (in trees or bushes), how they protect themselves from predators, etc.

    I am not suggesting to give your chickens bad food or dirty water, I just try to keep things in perspective and try to keep them as close to their natural instincts, behavior and nutrition as possible.
     
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  7. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beware the warning this place is as addictive as the chickens themselves [​IMG] I started with a small group of bantys and now have a mixed flock of 30 birds ! [​IMG] So Welcome to the party !! [​IMG]
     

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