Winter is Coming...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ourlilfarm2015, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. ourlilfarm2015

    ourlilfarm2015 In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2016
    Northeast NE
    So in the winter do hens still like to roost at night or do they huddle up in their nesting boxes or snuggle up together? This will be my first winter with hens and part of me is thinking I should put something like an igloo dog house with bedding inside the warmest area of the coop to provide a spot for them to go and huddle together but do they even do that?

  2. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    Mine just roost. I'm in northern Wyoming and we had frost on the windows and snow on the mountains this morning, so it's coming. <sigh> I don't want mine sleeping in the nest boxes ever - makes for dirty eggs! My coop isn't heated or insulated, I have a lot of ventilation in there, and they do just fine. My run is mostly covered in winter with a clear greenhouse type tarp which keeps them dry, and their pop door into the run is open 24/7. So even on the coldest days, they are out there more than in the coop. When they are in the coop, it's to lay and roost. For most chickens instinct tells them to sleep up high, out of the reach of ground predators, so let them just follow their instincts and they should be fine.

    You could try a dog igloo, but they aren't likely to use it. Good luck!
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Songster

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    winter is not until January around here (temp wise) it will usually last for 2 months or so

    my chickens' first winter.. maybe they will roost at the bottom instead of on top ..

    they probably will lay through the winter as well

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