Wintering One Chicken

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

  1. MLay

    MLay Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    Ditto Dat^^^

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

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