Winter Tips or Tricks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Rogalamy56, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Rogalamy56

    Rogalamy56 In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2012
    Do ya'll have any cool Winter Tips/Tricks to make housing feeding, and watering more efficient, easier, and practical?
    What's the best way to provide fresh, unfrozen water to chickens?
    What are some important insulating basics, I might have missed?
    What's the best light bulb to use to provide heat?
    Are my heating lamps big enough?
    My coop!!
    Put my food inside so it stayed dry...
    Don't know what my dad was thinking here...
    It's extra space my chickens don't use....
    Packed the extra space with hay for insulation.....
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    Your coop looks like it will work but I couldn't see if you have ventilation in it. Chickens need fresh air even in winter in the coop but, no drafts on them. If your chickens are fully feathered heat in the coop is not needed as long as they are cold hardy breeds. Your heat lights worry me as the clamps can easily be bumped by chickens and could start a fire. Do not trust the clamps and little hanging wire on those brooder lights! Birds that are use to having a heat lamp and then are without due to power failure can go into shock. Many people use the large heated dog water bowls for their chickens.
  3. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Songster

    Dec 16, 2011
    Northern Indiana
  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Chickens need ventilation. They can keep themselves warm.

    I use this for preventing frozen water.

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  5. Rogalamy56

    Rogalamy56 In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2012
    the lid doesn't close all the way, I also switched to a newer brooding lamp and an infrared bulb! It's about 15-27degrees here they are laying eggs like happy hens!

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