WOW IS IT COLD IN Orange COUNTY NY! AM I keeping my chickens safe?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HudsonValleyGirl, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. HudsonValleyGirl

    HudsonValleyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi fellow chicken lovers,

    I live in Orange County NY and it was in the teens last night. I put tarps around the doors of my coop, added some fresh bedding and left them for the night. I have been doing this for the whole week. In the morning I give them some warm water, their feed, and some hot oatmeal with cracked corn in it.

    Other than adding some straw or hay, is what I am doing correct?, do I need to do more for them?

    I also do a total cleaning of their coop every saturday morning, should I be doing that?


    Thanks for your assisstance,
    Janice
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:mm Janice-can you post a photo of your set up? that way we can tell you right off what needs to be changed and or fixed for the well being of your babies?? Hard to picture your set-up:-(
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I live in Orange COunty NY too!! Mine survived with bedding on the floor, cooked pumpkin in the m orning and they seem to be OK - they survived last year also. I just take their water out at night so it doesn't freeze and put it back in the morning after I clean it. I lost more to heat over the summer than to cold in the winter

    Nothing like frozen poop on a Saturdya monring, though
     
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    [​IMG]

    They have two holes for ventilation and they are not covered!
     
  6. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't cover the holes - they will need ventilation
    It looks fine to me. ALmost like the CHicken Hilton
     
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    cute!! as long as you have tarps tight around it to prevent drafts and such lots bedding should help alot with the cold-just make sure you leave a space high up opened for ventilation not near ground-but not too big..they should be fine-
     
  8. HudsonValleyGirl

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    Well these pics are from the spring, now we have some stains that could not be scrub off but I clean it out every Saturday morning.
     
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yes, pictures would help. When you mention tarping the door, are you talking about the run?? Do you have a solid/wood shelter part of your coop? Extra bedding is great - pile it up! I do a quick, light cleaning daily, but I use dropping boards...scraping daily prevents poop from freezing to them. Warm food is a nice treat for the birds. You can also give them a bit of scratch or other yummy treat right before roosting time, to give their bodies something extra to burn through the cold nights. [​IMG]

    ETA: Okay...pictures posted while I was distracted by DH...lol. That looks fine...is the pop door closed at night? Or is that what you were talking about tarping? I agree with sonew's comments.
     
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  10. sonew123

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    Quote:Im on my way down to do the same ritual:) Except I have to swap out 10 waterers everyday sometimes 2x a day:-( I just ordered a few more electric base heaters so that should help with all the work-I hope! good luck and if you need any help through winter you know where we are:-0
     

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