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This past week and chickens
January 9, 2014
6:39 pm
Saxonburg, PA
Big Chicken
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To all of you fluffy butt owners to a hopefully new mama to them this spring (oh spring, how I long for you right now, with your warming rays,,,,oh sorry back to the post) without having any heat in your coup,,how did your chickens do with the frigid below zero weather do this past week?  Just want to be prepared for when I have my own.




January 10, 2014
12:36 pm
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  We have no outdoor animals etc to worry about, but yesterday there was a segment on the news about a farmer that put a heat lamp in their barn to help increase the warmth for his animals, the barm caught fire and burned to the ground, he also lost 50 animals. Just be careful when adding extra heat .

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

January 10, 2014
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My chicken house is down in the garden, free of electricity.  I was worried that my mere 7 chickens would freeze as we stayed around and below (5 degrees?) zero for those two days, especially the one that’s still half-naked molting, but they all seem to have come through okay.  I did make sure a fully-feathered chicken was on each side of the half-naked one when shutting them in each night (once it’s chicken bedtime, you can put one where they wouldn’t put themselves & they stay if you go away promptly and let it be totally dark so they can’t turn their brains back on).

None of my chickens has a particularly large comb, which my reading has led me to believe can be a concern.

My chicken house is up in the air (they dust themselves under it), the walls are boards, and we did add plastic to cover the cracks (some the better part of 1″ gaps — it was just built spring 2013 of green rough cut lumber, my husband has a sawmill), since we haven’t applied battens yet.  There was still the ventilation that is meant to be a good chicken house feature (read warm air rising and escaping at the ceiling).  And there was probably only 4″ of straw on the floor.

Each night I worried that there would be frozen chickens in the morning, and each morning all were still mobile.

I have a mixed flock.  A barred rock (that I purchased from a hatchery), a golden comet (per her previous owner, she was an adult when I bought her), one that I have no idea what she is, but she goes broody, which is why I have 3 that are a barred rock/Americauna mix and one golden comet/Americauna mix.  The Americauna rooster was eaten a while ago.

January 16, 2014
1:27 pm
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Hi, I live in Wisconsin and last week we had 50 below with the wind chills. My coop is not air tight as you want ventilation to keep down diseases and ammonia build up. I was very concerned about my little chickens, I have only bantams. But they are all fine! In the spring I clean their coop out really well, bed it with wood shavings a couple of time throughout the season. I don’t clean it again until the next spring. There poop holds heat and helps the coop hold heat. Just put fresh shavings on top to keep thing fresh.

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