My poor chickens…it’s so cold!

Jan 6, 2010

Ok, so I realize that Minnesota chicken farmers will probably laugh at me. And I'm sure my chickens are perfectly fine in this weather. They have been so far with all the cold we've had. They are still producing nicely despite the weather and short days.

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BUT, with temperatures forcasted in the low teen's for a couple of days, I just don't want to take any chances, or have them suffer frost bite. So I've wrapped the coop with some frost cloth, just to act as a wind break...

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And then I added a ceramic "bulb" heat emitter, usually used for reptiles, etc. I've placed that above their roosting area. It seems like it should give them about 5-10 degrees extra heat in their "condo". I did not want to use a heat light so as not to disrupt their day length cycle at the moment. Notice that the roof of their roosting area is still exposed, only covered with hardware cloth (wire). You need to make sure there is always adequate ventilation. Putting a heater or heat bulb into a closed in, un-ventilated space is never a good idea for chickens. The humidity that builds up is more harmful to them than the temperature usually is. Keeping them dry and keeping out drafts is most important.

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But I just couldn't help it...had to give 'em a little heat!

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Barbee'
Jan 06, 2010
7:14 pm

I hope that helps.  I would be just as concerned if I had chickens.

jim griffin
Mar 02, 2010
5:47 pm

Is there a set of plans for the chicken coup like yours avaliable?

Jim griffin,denton texas

Leslie Finical Halleck
Mar 02, 2010
6:19 pm

Hi Jim, I used a version of “The Garden Coop” which you can look for online. I made a a few adaptations to it and put in some recycled windows from my house for viewing and an access door. Also did something different with the laying boxes and roosting bars. But it’s a good foundation plan.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Mar 02, 2010
6:20 pm

As a follow up to all the cold we had…the chickens were just fine at 15 degrees…no problems whatsoever. Honestly, just keeping them dry and having the wind block from their coop structure seemed to be adequate for them. Of course then you have to bring them fresh water from inside on those cold days because it freezes in their bowl. But they were all just as chipper as could be each morning!

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