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Tips on keeping Chickens warm.
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Nan(TX)    Posted 12-04-2002 at 14:27:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi All,
Most people make sure that the housing is snug. Your basic goal is to try to make the chicken house dry and as wind and draft-free as possible. One thing that we do to winterize our chicken house, which was kind of unusual but was somewhat surprisingly effective to us, was the use of a roll of carpet protection film. It is the stuff people use to help keep carpets clean in high traffic areas in nasty weather. If you ever went mobile home shopping you will know what I am talking about. Since it has an adhesive on one side it is a cinch to put up. It reminds me of a 2-foot wide roll of scotch tape. Our chicken house has solid walls on the north and west side and is open half way up the south and east walls. The south side was especially easy since the opening (covered in hardware cloth) is two feet wide…the width of the film. So all we did was start on one side, roll it out, press it down on the hardware cloth and follow up with some stapling for some extra insurance. We checked the thermometer in the chicken house and it helped warm it up by about 10 degrees.
Another thing that doesn’t have anything to do with the chicken house itself is the way a chicken stays warm. We like to give our girls more corn chops in the winter than in the summer as a treat. Corn chops are a good indulgence in the evening because it takes more energy to digest it and the therefore it heats the body up for those long cold and dark winter nights. The chicken keeps itself warm in the winter when it fluffs its feathers allowing its body heat to warm the air surrounding it. So a dry, draft-free environment would help there. If anyone else has more tips I would love to hear them. That’s my tuppence worth anyhoo…
Regards Nan

Linda    Posted 12-05-2004 at 08:03:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OK, you guys are hilarious, but having chickens is new to me and I need help. How cold can the weather get for them to still be okay? It's been well under freezing for over a week here. We found our rooster on the ground this morning. The chicken house is a good one... We're thinking of hanging a heater in there.

Dennis    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:58:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the info. We learned something> I didn't know about the chops making heat so now chops it is. Have a great day!

PS. Don't take the funnin seriously, unless you want to :-)

Willy-N    Posted 12-04-2002 at 20:30:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't laught my daughter bought a piglet warmer to put under the water jug and the chickens can sit on it if they want to. Works great and keeps the water from freezing!! Mark H.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-04-2002 at 20:38:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our piglet warmer was the kitchen floor Mark.
Later Bob

Willy-N    Posted 12-04-2002 at 20:44:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
We eat ours and yours are pets with big tusks!! Of course are big Newfies take up as much space as a pig dose. When you let 3 excited ones in watch out!! Almost 500 lbs of crashing dogs in the house will make a mess quick! Mark H.

Maggie/TX    Posted 12-04-2002 at 19:59:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the good tips, Nan. I'm sure that somebody who has chickens on here will benefit from these ideas and I'll remember it for when we do move to the farm, as I'll be getting some chickens then myself.

Please don't let the jokers get to ya, the sweater bit made me laugh out loud and laughter is always healthy! :)

I apologize it wont happen again./Nan    Posted 12-04-2002 at 19:34:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was under the impression this was a board that was for people to share their experiences in learning deferent skills on farm life. I must say you have given me a whole new appreciation on country hospitality.
Take care Nan

Sid    Posted 12-04-2002 at 19:49:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good post it was informative, sometimes in this day and age we tend to forget that things can be done simply and with very little outlay. and still improve conditions for our livestock and other farm critters. Thanks

oven at 450    Posted 12-04-2002 at 16:58:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

Ptterpilot    Posted 12-04-2002 at 15:48:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds good to me,ours was free rangin year round,but always had access to a dry coop and warmed water therin.

Note/Lil insulated vests don't work good as chickens got no shoulders ta speak of///Mebbee sweaters?.......Hey Maw!

Herkimer Neely    Posted 12-04-2002 at 16:52:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
You have to get the kind with holes for their wings to go through. They don't insulate as well but they don't fall off as much because of their lack of shoulders. I've never tried sweaters but I remember reading that the Russians did. They wanted their chicken to be able to survive those Siberian winters. Can't remember how it worked out.

DeadCarp    Posted 12-04-2002 at 17:09:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
They could use the sweaters i wore as a kid - the elbows already HAD holes in them! like my pants knees. Of course, you wear enough of them and they mis-match nice. Let's go play in the snow! :)

chickens did    Posted 12-04-2002 at 17:03:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
ok but the russians didn,t fare as well

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