winter?!?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mahsmaj, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i live in missouri and our winters get down below 0 degrees.F. sometimes but not very often... do i have to have electricity going to my small coop to provide heat or will my chickens be fine???
     
  2. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    Lowell, IN
    I don't have any advice on the subject . But I should would like to know the same thing.
     
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    I do not have heat for mine in the winter, I have power to the water heater to keep that from freezing. Just make sure it is draft free and their perches are good and wide so they can lay on their feet to keep them warm.

    I leave a UV light on longer in the fall and winter so they have more daylight for laying but that is it.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    In my opinion (from the frozen northeast), on those rare occasions when you might get below 20 degrees, some extra corn scratch in their diet and maybe some hay bales stacked against the exterior walls will help keep them warm and insulated. Make sure there are no drafts, and make the pine shavings on the floor as deep as practical.
     
  5. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could i just pull my coop into a barn??? that would make it draft free... (my coop is built on a small trailer...)
     
  6. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    Lowell, IN
    Do chickens hang out outside during the winter or just stay in their coop all the time. What kind of insulation did you use?
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Mine were just FINE.

    I do have a thingie to put under my waterer to keep the water from freezing.

    (Our lowest temp this past winter I think was -26)

    I have more chickens so this year they'll be even better.

    I have a BIG cool - 20x7 so they don't have to go OUT if they don't want to - I opened up for them EVERY day anyway to get nice clean air, at least a little bit of it. I shoveled snow out of their run as much as I could.
     
  8. Buff Hooligans

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    Quote:That's a great solution!
     
  9. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    Mine really dont venture too far out if it is really cold. My DH may be building a roof over the run then I wont have to shovel that out anymore. I think they may go out more if there was no snow in their run.
     
  10. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    Quote:I think thats a great plan or fence off a stall in the barn if you have one and then they could stay in there all winter.
     

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