Winterizing your coop...suggestions? Pictures?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JeninMN, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. JeninMN

    JeninMN Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    Would LOVE any and all advice on surviving the winter with chickens...outside till how cold? when do they need heat lamps? Best way to winterize the coop...where to put heat lamps so it is safe...

    Would love pics!!


    Jen in MN
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    It can get just as cold here in MO as it can in MN probably not the long stretches of cold though.

    If you have adult chickens just make sure that you have no drafts. They have plenty of unfrozen water to drink.

    I have never used heat lamps they make me too nervous. I have a mixed flock of bantams and heavy breeds and the bantams especially when cooped inside seem to get up and into the darnest places. I would be afraid one of the bantams would fly up on the heat lamp and knock it down and burn the coop to the ground. Therefore, if you use them make sure they are really secured to the wall or ceiling.

    There are really only four things I do.

    1. shut the windows and tape the edges and seams.

    2. add and extra bag of pine shavings as the coop is elevated so this adds a little extra insulation.

    3. add extra cracked corn to their diet on the days below freezing, this increases their internal tempature.

    4. put vasaline on the roosters combs and wattles when the temp will drop below 25 degrees to prevent frostbite.

    5. use 2x4's as roosts with the 4 inch side up so they can cover their feet at night. (I have these 365 days a year.

    Hope this helps
  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Gosh, all I can say is, I love it here in the south come winter!
    It may get a bit nippy here near the mountains but we can leave one side of the barn open for fresh air for the chickens all winter.
    I do use the 4" side of the roosts so they can cover their little footsies when it is cold but I sure am glad I don't have to do that other stuff.
    But I really miss the snow. Maybe someday it will snow again around here. It's been about 20 years since we had any.[​IMG]

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