Winter in Portland Oregon

RosyChickens

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I live near Portland Oregon, my ladies were hatched in February so everyone is feathered. How do I get ready for winter? What do they need different for the cold months?
there are 7 girls, no roosters , in a good size coop and covered run. That free range during the day.
What is everyone using to keep water from freezing, and do they need warmth in the coop?
i have 1 bantam Cochin, 2 ayam cymanis, 1 golden sex link, 1 polish crested and 2 silkies.
should I keep them locked up during the rain/cold or will they have the sense to take cover?
Just for fun, my crested went out in the rain over the weekend
 

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Madhouse Pullet

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I live near Portland Oregon, my ladies were hatched in February so everyone is feathered. How do I get ready for winter? What do they need different for the cold months?
there are 7 girls, no roosters , in a good size coop and covered run. That free range during the day.
What is everyone using to keep water from freezing, and do they need warmth in the coop?
i have 1 bantam Cochin, 2 ayam cymanis, 1 golden sex link, 1 polish crested and 2 silkies.
should I keep them locked up during the rain/cold or will they have the sense to take cover?
Just for fun, my crested went out in the rain over the weekend
I would look for a thread for your area, and see what other people do for their chickens.
 

Isadora

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Don't worry about keeping them warm, just keep them dry and out of the wind and their built-in down parkas will keep them warm.

And make sure that you have PLENTY of ventilation -- which is the key to keeping them dry.
THIS. Exactly.
As long as they are dry and have a windbreak, they will be warm enough.
We use a bucket heater for horses to keep the water from freezing. We use a 5 gallon bucket with nipples as the chicken waterer.
 

WhySayWhat

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I'm in eastern WA, so your winters are more mild than mine (born and raised in OR though, family all over Portland!).

All I do is drop a submersible pail heater into the waterers (I use 5 gallon buckets from Home Depot). This year, I'm also planning in giving the ladies a bale of hay to scratch on in the run, but that's mostly for their entertainment.

I don't use heaters of any kind, there is too big of a fire risk and if the power goes out and the heat source is gone, the sudden cold can do more harm to birds that aren't acclimated to the cold.
 
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