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Winterizing my Chickens???
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CJWorld    Posted 10-27-2002 at 18:16:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
PLEASE!!! Someone help me. We have two Buff Laced Polish and they are our pets! As silly as it may sound, we love them very much and want to know what to do for them in winter. We have a barn, but can't easily get to it during the Buffalo Winters and want to just have a small coup near the house so that we can care for them thru the cold months. I appreciate as MUCH info as you're willing to share!

CJWORLD    Posted 10-29-2002 at 05:29:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you, all. I am going to take all of your advice under consideration. I think I will put them on the Northern side of my house and provide them with some sort of heating element. I will also make all side of the coup solid with just small openings for air. The thing I am concerned about is the feet. When I picked them up this morning - our first snow!!!-, Stella's feet were very cold. Also, they keep splashing their water all over the place. I hope they are safe and happy over the winter. Winter's can get very long :(.

Tom A    Posted 10-28-2002 at 05:33:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our first batch of hens are all pets, too. We keep ours in a coop near our house. The need protection from wind, but they are hardy from plain cold.

We do have a thermostatic heater for their water, otherwise it freezes.

And when it gets *really* cold, we have a 250 watt red lamp that we hang over a part of their roost and they can sit under it or away from it as they choose. A few will gather under the light in really cold weather (usually the older ones, when temps are low teens or below) but for the most part they don't bother...just fluff up their feathers and snuggle together.


Baby Duck    Posted 10-27-2002 at 19:00:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
A 100 watt light bulb in a trouble light (That's the real sturdy kind that mechanics use that has a cage around it and a hook for hanging) put out alot of heat in a small space. I've used one to keep a weak battery warm at 20 below. Just don't get it so close that it blinds you birds or burns them. Keep them dry-dry-dry (Can't stress that enough. Wet chickens can get frost bit and loose their feet or die.) Keep them out of the wind and sheltered from the snow. Make sure that they have a source or fresh and unfrozen water every day. Make sure that they have dry nesting material. Chickens are pretty hardy, and no apologies on the pet part are necessary. There are heaters and warming lights designed for poultry but these can be real pricey and are made for more than two chickens.

LH    Posted 10-27-2002 at 18:44:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well the country way to winterize em is t remove the feathers and put em in the freezer (just kidding) Chickens are very hardy, just make siure they ahve shelter from the wind, and make sure you keep frech thawed water for them several times a day so they don't get dehydrated. When it gets below zero, we usually keep a heat lamp for them to get under if they want.

C.J. in SD    Posted 10-27-2002 at 18:39:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Make sure that they are sheltered from the wind and the snow. Make sure you keep their hay fresh and dry and watch their feet. A chicken's feet are very vulnerable in the snow and it's a most that their bedding and surroundings stay as dry as possible. Keep then supplied with fresh water. This is harder than it sounds since your water will freeze alot. But mostly to keep them warm, keep them with plenty of fresh bedding material, and keep them dry. Remember to keep an eye on their feet. They do make warming pads for dog houses in the winter. They have long weather proof cords and are built to stand up to a dog. Have you given those a thought?

EIEIO    Posted 10-27-2002 at 18:33:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't give you an expert advice on winterizing them. I know we are going to put ours in the barn and settle them in their own quarters. That is on Dennis' list so maybe he can tell you what he is planning on doing - I would like to hear it to. Our winters are no way near as bad as in Buffalo, been there done that. This will be our first winter here but not a lot of snowfall at least that is what they say. I just wanted to say there is nothing silly about treating them like pets. We have about 20 chickens, there are five buffs and there are three of them that when they see me they run up to me like dogs and wait for me to pick them up and pet them under their wings. I have learned any critter can be a pet, I even had the pet spiders outside that I would feed grasshoppers to.

Easterner    Posted 10-28-2002 at 06:09:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yer aloud to feed 'hoppers to anythin' as'll eat 'em , cats, chicks, ginnies, whatever.

Sid    Posted 10-27-2002 at 18:53:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah well grasshoppers has feeling too ya know. Feeding them to spiders!!!!

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