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Winter Weather

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Galaxiedriver, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. Galaxiedriver

    Galaxiedriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is everyone doing with this globull warming? We have had single digits here for going on 4 days now and it is currently 9 headed for below zero again tonight. Our coop has insulated roof and is fairly tight and I have a heat lamp by the waterer. In the mornings it is between 15 and 20 inside and the birds are doing well. No noticible decrease in egg production and no frostbite. Haven't let them outside for a couple weeks due to the cold and 6 inches of crunchy snow. Supposed to warm up in a few days thank goodness.

    As soon as it warms up I will let them out and change the bedding.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Freezing to death here at 70 degrees.

    But "Globull warming" is correct.... but algore still hasn't admitted that the "data" used was a bunch of lies...
     
  3. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, Mr. Arizona, that's enough bragging out of U.

    It's about the same here as in Missouri. I'm going to get Miz Missouri and come out and stay with you a couple of weeks.

    DonnaBelle
     
  4. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are cold, cold, cold. Mine are in the chicken house locked up also and have been for about a week. They want out real bad, but tough. If they get out, they get wet feet and then they freeze to the roost at night. So they are stuck in their snug, warm ?? house. They seem to be fine in there. Eggs are still coming.
     
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Globull warming leads to extremes, not just warm weather. My chickens were going out everyday until the last 4-5. 11 degrees in the bantam coop last night. Frozen water several times a day. Yea, it is going to warm up to 39 later in the week. I'll take this over the "extremely" wet weather we have had in the last year anyday. It is just so great this time of year that the light is increasing daily!! Can't wait until spring & chicks.
     
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to our world! Entering a very cold period for 6 days or so, the hens are inside today and will be for close to a week to protect the barn/coop from savage wind and temp extremes. They have lots of space, though and are cold hardy. I tossed them a squash with their regular treats this morning and they went at it like wolverines...[​IMG]
     
  7. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Not supposed to get above freezing today [​IMG] No church, roads are still too slick. STUCK in the house!!! Chickens don't care, they're out picking in the snow. Supposed to get warmer tomorrow though waaayyy up in the 40's even [​IMG]
     
  8. beerman

    beerman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Warm here got up to 6 last night [​IMG] I like it when there isn't a - in front of the temp. 5 heat lamps in the coop. I think one of my roos has a little frostbite of just a dirty comb. Odd they have heat in the coop but no heat in my bedroom in the house hehe.
     
  9. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    I am in West Virginia, and we are very cold. I am seeing a few spots of frostbite on combs, [​IMG] not too bad. It was down to 7 degrees when I got up this morning.

    We have the chickens bedded deeply in straw, a heated waterer, and the chickens themselves create a good bit of heat. I scatter around whole corn in the hay to get them to peck around hunting for them, to increase exercise. And they are really, really eating a lot, but I think they need it to keep warm.

    It is supposed to get warmer later this week, actually up above freezing.

    Catherine
     
  10. biddyboo

    biddyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another mid-Missouri report here: Ashland area. Dang, but we're getting a little peckish with this long cold and snow! Our hens have access from inside our metal barn (they have an indoor pen) to their outside run and coop. About half of them still want to lay in their nest boxes in the coop and they'll brave the cold and snow to get there. The others seem content to lay in the blue egg crate filled with straw that we've set in their indoor pen. I shoveled much of the snow from around their coop and tossed some pine shavings on to give them something other than 7 inches of snow to wallow through, pitched out some scratch on that, and this encourages some of them to get out in the sunlight. BOSS and cabbage chunks pitched onto their deep litter keep them scratching and occupied inside so we've not seen much torment and feather pecking going on so far. AND....we can see 40 degree temps for the week's projected forecasts!!!!!!!!!! Oh, the anticipated joy![​IMG] ~G
     

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