Wintering One Chicken

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MLay, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. MLay

    MLay Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2015
    I live in Central Missouri so our winters periodically get very cold. I have two roosters that I would like to winter – gorgeous boys - but I don’t have an established house they can winter in because the established roosters won’t allow it. I would like to keep them. The two boys can’t winter together because they fight but I’d like to keep them for breeding stock next year. I have 2- twelve square foot (3’ x 4’) houses so each one could have his own house but I do worry they’d freeze to death. The houses are well built – two layer, cedar siding over particle board. Good light and good ventilation. Any thoughts of if a single bird with plenty of straw could survive sheltered in 12 square feet?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Dry, free from drafts, adequate feed and water, and they should be fine. Their feathers serve as great insulation.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto Dat^^^

    Would be good if they had a covered/protected run area too.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2016

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