Winterizing Southern California Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cknkids, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. cknkids

    cknkids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK I’m fretting about our girls being cold. I know most of you have thought of this long before now. My first question is how do you tell if a chicken is cold? How much winterizing do we need to do in Coastal Southern California? It’s been really cold this week, low 40’sF at night and 60’sF during the day, some years it will dip to the high 20’s for a few nights at a time. I know a bunch of you are laughing at me right now, but cold is relative and we’re trying to pamper our girls. We have 4, almost 7 month olds who have just started laying.

    Our hen house is 6’9” x 3’8” built in a 6’9”x 10’4” covered run. The roosts are 3’ 8” long at one end, while the pop hole is as far down the long wall as it can be. DH just finished installing a pop door (he’s been going out the last few night and covering it). Just under the roof of the hen house we left a gap, all the way around, of 2”- 8” covered with hardware cloth for ventilation. Do folks think we should cover some or all of the venting (middle pic) under the eves? I was thinking maybe the half near the roost?

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    Also we put doors on both narrow end of the hen house for access. They are installed such that there is a small gap, does this need to be filled?

    Thanks for looking and sharing your experience with a newbie.
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    They will probably love the chill. I think chickens hate the heat. Leave the hole open, ventilation is very important. Make them a hot breakfast, LOL..
     
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    You don't need to do ANYTHING to winterize your coop. I promise. If you get temps into the 20s for more than a couple of hours, you'll need to give them some water that isn't frozen. Otherwise, spoil them with treats and attention and forget about trying to keep them warm (they're wearing down coats, you know...)
     
  4. cknkids

    cknkids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for reassuring me!!! The kids, DH & I, all love our girls and want the best for then, just not always sure what that is. I was betting I was fretting for nothing, so its a relief to be reassured. Happy Holidays.
     

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