Winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by silverlaced44, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. silverlaced44

    silverlaced44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi!
    I have 1 male Serama, and I read that they are sensitive to the cold, I was knitting him a sweater, would that work? I have no way to get electricity up there, what other things can I do?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Putting a sweater on him will interfere with his ability to keep himself warm by raising or lowering his feathers, and it will also promote lice and mites and could be dangerous if he gets caught on something.

    If you provide him an adequate place to live and good food he should be fine, how cold does it get.
     
  3. silverlaced44

    silverlaced44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really it depends, 50 degrees to 20 on cold nights. I cant keep him in the house. We are in Missouri.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    That's not really too cold, he should be fine, I wouldn't bring him in the house either as temperature swings like that can be more stressful. My chickens are most comfortable between 20- 60 degrees.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sweater won't work as already pointed out.
    Maybe if you don't have the facilities needed to keep Serama's, might need to pick another breed?

    I don't really know what temps they can tolerate other than I know it's too cold where I live.
    Might be good to check out one of the Serema threads and see how folks house them.
     
  6. silverlaced44

    silverlaced44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I have done other reading to and people are saying that the will adapt to the cold. I have also got some silver laced wyandottes he lives with. Would it help if I made sure he slept with the hens? Oh and I read that you can warm up a brick and wrap it in a towel. I meant to say that we do get one day in the winter usually when the temp drops to 0. I would be able to bring him in then.
     
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  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I still wouldn't worry too much, if it's too cold chickens will sit close for extra warmth, you can give them warm mash on cold days as well, I would also just wait and see how he handles it when it gets colder, as long as he's acting fine he should be fine.

    I am not too familiar with the breed except for knowing they are small chickens, I have kept silkie and currently keep frizzle Cochin and they have always been fine in the winter, we spend a couple of months below zero and have times of up to -40.
     
  8. silverlaced44

    silverlaced44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would Grain Sorghum work? I could warm it up with water, we give it to our sheep.
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

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    I like using a bit of the ration and add some oatmeal, add some hot water and they love it.
     
  10. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a White Leghorn hen do just fine in -12F temps here in Boise. If you are worried about his large comb, I used to put a little vaseline on ours...helps keep it moisturized and helps ward off any frostbite.
     

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