winter help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Josh Small, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. Josh Small

    Josh Small Out Of The Brooder

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    Winger time is coming up very soon how to prepare my chicken.and will they egg in winter time.
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Make sure they are in a dry, well ventilated coop that offers protection from the elements and doesn't allow drafts to blow directly on them. Make sure they have fresh food and water. I use heated dog dishes to keep my water thawed.

    A pullet may lay through the winter, an adult hen that'a gone through a molt, likely not.

    Just curious OP - what state do you live in? What are your winters like?
     
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Has no one taken the bait yet??

    I will......lol!!!


    Cheers!
     
  4. yolksonus

    yolksonus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This will be our girls second winter in NH. We started with six and lost three over the spring/summer. I hate using a heat lamp but we had some pretty cold nights last winter so used it a few times. This winter, now that we are down to three hens, I may use the heat lamp more. Last winer we got 5-6 eggs a day. The girls were apparently pretty happy! We have a light in the coop that goes on at sundown for a couple hours and then comes back on around 6 am for an hour or two until it is light out. Last winter I lined the run with shower curtain liners to keep the gusts from hetting to the girls. We fed corn, seeds/nuts and mealworms for snacks usually at night. The coop is well ventilated which kept moister down but allowed for the coop to be ventilated. We also have a water warmer that is on a timer and will turn on when temps ho below 32F. The warmer is a lighbulb fixter with a 60 watt bulb attached to a brick paver thats square. My husband put a cement block over/around the bulb and the watwe goes on top. [​IMG]
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Sorry......Actually thought you were another scam thread....I see that you are not........


    I heat my Coop all winter....I live in Canada....Central Alberta....Brrrrrrrrr!!!
     

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