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Chicken Questions
November 19, 2014
4:31 pm
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100AkerWood
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Winter Chickens

Hello all!

I live in Northern VA…known for a ridiculous climate change minute by minute. Today is 27 degrees outside (Thursday) by Monday …predicted to be 60. Again. Anywho…so we’re newer chicken owners, smart enough to start with RIR, buffs and an easter egger who was just too freggin cute to pass up at the swap…fingers crossed she’s a girl…

So we’ve got a great coop my husband built, but I’m wondering thoughts on heat lamps or lights in the coop for egg production. I’ve read enough to know if we heat it at all it should be kept just above freezing, not too hot so they don’t get sick and die from the outside cold (they free range)…any thoughts on that?

Also- would love tips on:

chicken vitamins/ good for them foods.

a better chicken feeder (using a dog bowl that empties into a tray) – my messy ladies like to scratch it all out and then look at me like I’m starving them because there’s no food in the bowl. 

and…if the boiled rock in the water feeder will work to keep away the ice or just melt the plastic. 

It’s a lot for my first post, but I’m looking forward to the answers from such established homemaking, farming, chicken mommy ladies such as yourselves!

January 18, 2015
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cityMouse
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Hello 100AkerWood,

 I love your username.  chicken

I’m sorry your post got no reply. 

I’m not a chicken person – I live in a tiny townhouse in a small city –

 

but I wanted to know how it’s going!  So, how are the chickens?  And hey, fellow forum people,

come on in and set a spell!

January 28, 2015
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cityMouse said
Hello 100AkerWood,

 I love your username.  chicken

I’m sorry your post got no reply. 

I’m not a chicken person – I live in a tiny townhouse in a small city –

 

but I wanted to know how it’s going!  So, how are the chickens?  And hey, fellow forum people,

come on in and set a spell!

Hi Citymouse–have not see you for a while–welcome back!

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 28, 2015
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Hello 100 AckerWood

We live in WV and the weather is very cold in the winter. Chickens are remarkably hardy and some breeds even more hardy than others. As long as you have shelter/coop for them to get out of the wind they will be fine; no heat necessary. I have a 10 x 12 chicken house and the hens all roost together at night. You would not believe the heat that is generated by these girls! I do have a water bowl that is heated by electricity to keep the water from freezing. We have rain barrels on the down spouts and I also have an electric heater in them so I don’t have to carry those milk jugs all the way from the house. Saves me all that extra effort on a snowy, windy day. Hope this helps!

January 28, 2015
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Also a new chicken mama.  Got mine in the spring of last year.  They have be a joy to have.  In the coup I have a nice layer of straw for them to scratch around in.  A heated dog bowl for their water.  I installed a solar motion detection light in there.  The light is not set for motion, I use the on/off switch as needed.  I have 2×4’s for the roost, that way their little toes keep warm.  I have had some pretty fridged weather this year and my girls all seem to be happy and healthy.  If it is sunny out they go outside and roam around the yard.  I have let them loose then the weather was only in the lower 20’s, the door is open and they come and go as they please, but what seems to please them is to explore the yard for any goodies that they may find, and the treats that I’ll throw out to them.  I have found that they are not happy when I do keep them in the coup because of the weather, such squaking and grumbling that can come from them,,lol!  With my hens the saying nothing madder than a wet hen, well my hens don’t mind being wet, they mind being “couped” up!! LOLI don’t think it is hard to keep chickens, just have a shelter where they can go to roost, to get out of the weather, plenty of food and fresh water. I have found that extra heat in the coup wasn’t needed, they all seemed to be nice and warm.

As far as vitamins, I don’t think you need to worry about it if you are giving them a good feed.  I just started making some fodder for them so they can have some fresh greens to eat.  Willl let you know how that goes.

As far as lights, don’t think you really need to do that, the slowing down of egg production I think is good for the hens, lets them kind of have a break and keep healthy.  I have 12 hens and the lowest amount of eggs I had gotten in a day since they started laying last August is 5 eggs.  My average egg collection is 8 eggs a day.  Some 6, mostly 8 but the last couple of weeks I have had as much as 11 in one day and that is when they were couped up without much daylight.

Good luck and anymore questions,,just ask away!chicken

January 29, 2015
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Joell said

cityMouse said
Hello 100AkerWood,

 I love your username.  chicken

I’m sorry your post got no reply. 

I’m not a chicken person – I live in a tiny townhouse in a small city –

 

but I wanted to know how it’s going!  So, how are the chickens?  And hey, fellow forum people,

come on in and set a spell!

Hi Citymouse–have not see you for a while–welcome back!

Why thank you, Joell, it’s nice to hear from you, and great to see the forum getting active again!  happy-flower

February 15, 2015
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Here in WV it is 0 on my porch this morning.  I have 14 chickens out in the chicken house (they refuse to go outside on a cold snowy day like today) with 2 infrared bulbs.  I don’t usually have both of them on unless it is really cold.  I have one over top of a waterer, the other is near the roost.  I use plastic one gallon waterers when it is really cold.  I fill one in the morning and bring the frozen one in to the house to thaw if needed. In the evening I swap them out, this way they always have plenty to drink.  They seem to enjoy warming up and drying off under the lights and I do not have frozen combs or toes, which has been a problem for me in the past.  I also have a regular white light on a timer because I only have 2 windows and they don’t get alot of light.  I also try to feed them as many table scraps and greens as possible (no chicken or poultry scraps) along with a good diet of grains.  Sometimes I buy them a cup of live crickets as a treat, I know they are spoiled.  Winter is hard on them because they can’t get out and scratch and forage so I try to do what I can to keep the occupied and happy.

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