Winter without electricity in Alaska

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Wolfwoman, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    We are moving to our cabin that does not have running water or electricity. Essentially we will be off grid for those items. The chickens and dogs are (of course) going with us.

    I have ideas on what we're going to do, but any additional recommendations for the chickens are appreciated and will be taken into consideration for the coop, water, insulation, venting, outside area or anything else.

    Please, before you say I shouldn't have them because I can't care for them properly, move on to another thread.

    Thanks!
     
  2. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wolfwoman, I was just thinkin' the same thing today, how would a chicken survive without electricity in winter, & then I remembered seeing ducks & geese, in the middle of a cold winter, in Anchorage, on a frozen lake. I am sure that chickens & ducks aren't too adapted to cold weather, but, the ducks & geese were surviving. I'm sure, sans any VERY cold temps, they should be good, barring any very cold wind chills...good luck.
     
  3. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
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    AND what did our Great great great grandparents do?? BEFORE there was electricity!
     
  4. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They built into the ground...never gets below zero when built into the ground...there's an option, likewise, you could build up a nice lil' wind break usin' snow 'round yer hen house to keep the wind out, which is VERY important fer yer flock to stay warm. That's what I'll do with my tractor, build a snow wall wind break on the north side, as any prevailing winds that are icy cold are from the north.
     
  5. joconnor

    joconnor New Egg

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    I'm interested as well. While I have electricity for my coop, any strategies to make my coop resilient against a power outage or lower electrical usage is a good thing.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    WWSPD- what would Sarah Palin do??
     
  7. unionwirewoman

    unionwirewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hay/straw bales with packed snow would be good ! But keep in mind that if there is no heat source , you'll have to break ice for water and check for eggs quite often . Not saying you can't / won't do it....I just know that when it gets cold here in MT , I have to check twice a day when it gets below 10 degrees . Good luck , and Alaska is a truly beautiful place to live !
     
  8. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somewhere here on BYC is someone who built an underground coop. It's pretty good looking, and seemed to address the ventilation issues as well. That and well plastered straw bale uppers should be workable. Isn't 99% of our history without electricity and indoor plumbing? Historical research project... keep us posted!

    Oh, wait. Duh. How about keep us posted from the library computers when you go to town?
     

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