Winter management poll

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by welsummer4, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. welsummer4

    welsummer4 Out Of The Brooder

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    There have been a lot of threads the last few days about caring for chickens in the cold. Everyone has great arguments/reasoning behind their cold weather care methods, be they heat or no heat, insulated coop or un-insulated coop, deep-litter, etc. Just for the sake of satisfying my own obsession with this topic, I thought it would be interesting to take an informal poll on how everyone handles the cold.

    Below this post you'll find a short list of questions about your cold-weather flock management methods (indulge me--like I said, I'm a little obsessed right now). Just click the "quote" button for the post to add your answers. I think it will be fun to tally the results in a week or so, no?

    Thanks,
    Alex
     
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  2. welsummer4

    welsummer4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Heat: yes/no

    If yes on heat, what method do you use (lamp, flat panel, etc.)?:

    Insulated coop: yes/no

    Amount of ventilation (approximate sq.ft.)you employ during the winter:

    Coop size:

    Litter method:

    #of chickens in coop:

    Location (city and/or state and/or zone):

    How many winters have you been through with your chickens?:

    (Optional) briefly describe how your flock has fared using these methods:
     
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  3. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    (I'm going to post three times for the three states in which I've kept chickens...)

    Minnesota

    Heat: no

    Insulated coop: yes

    Approximate coop size: 5X10

    Litter method: Straw

    #of chickens in coop: 10

    Location (state and/or city): Detroit Lakes, MN

    How many winters have you been through with your chickens?: 10
     
  4. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:our first
     
  5. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New Mexico

    Heat: no

    Insulated coop: no

    Approximate coop size: 6x12

    Litter method: None

    #of chickens in coop: 3

    Location (state and/or city): Santa Fe, NM

    How many winters have you been through with your chickens?: 3
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

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  7. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Heat: yes and no....when temps get below 30, we usually turn on the heat lamp, but I have found that they could care less either way.

    Insulated coop: no, our coop is not insulated, but it is sealed where needed with ventilation.

    Approximate coop size: 8 feet x 12 feet

    Litter method: deep litter

    #of chickens in coop: right now, 15. We did have 30 in there. (Yes, 30 is over the 4 sq ft per bird, but we live in a climate where they have access to outside year round, so it isn't an issue like some would have if they had to be locked up all day due to weather).

    Location (state and/or city): High Desert, CA...HOT summers and cold winters (lows to low teens with the rarity of lower temps and HIGH winds (low teens with 60 mph winds is COLD!!!)).

    How many winters have you been through of with chickens?: This will be #4
     
  8. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Montana

    Heat: no

    Insulated coop: yes

    Approximate coop size: 5X6

    Litter method: Straw and soil

    #of chickens in coop: 7

    Location (state and/or city): Missoula, MT

    How many winters have you been through with your chickens?: This will be the first one!
     
  9. 8ROYALS

    8ROYALS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Winter management pollHeat: yes

    If yes on heat, what method do you use (lamp, flat panel, etc.)?:Lamps at night

    Insulated coop: no

    Approximate coop size: 24 X 12

    Litter method:Deep with pine shavings

    #of chickens in coop: 88 ( 43 over 5 months olds and 45 barely over a month)

    Location (state and/or city):petersburg, TX

    How many winters have you been through with your chickens?:None
     
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  10. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Heat: No

    Insulated coop: No

    Approximate coop size: About 10x10, but I really would have to measure to be sure

    Litter method: Kind of a deep litter method, I'm just not very good at it

    #of chickens in coop: 1st winter:18 2nd: about 42 (not all mature at that point)

    Location (state and/or city): Western PA

    How many winters have you been through with your chickens?: 2
     

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