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Old 01-24-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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It is 15 degrees in New York. What do I need to do for my chickens to keep them safe? They have an enclosed area to sleep in but it's not heated. Does it need to be?


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Old 01-24-2013, 09:36 PM   #2
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nah your good! feathers are the best form of insulation!!! its negative 10 where i am and my chickens withstand-ed the night fine the past 2 nights!


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Old 01-24-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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Even up here in Alaska most don't heat their coops. We have weeks where we don't get above 0*f. I still worry too. My coop is insulated and they huddle. Haven't had any issues yet.
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Thanks for your advise. I'm a new "chicken mother" so I'm just worried about them. I did find that on the coldest days they tended to stay inside the enclosed area more do I guess they know what they're doing
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It's 20 in NJ this morning. Dry cold. Thankfully not a lot of wind. But birds still want to be outside. So I let them. My polish just started laying again after a long vacation since Oct. So 3 eggs a day now.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:05 AM   #6
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-20 here this morning. I think I am going to keep them in and hope it gets a bit warmer out there. Brrrrrrr
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Well tonight my polish decided to roost where it's warm. I put the silkie in the coop with her as he's her sleeping buddy. Good for them! First dibs on the mash and water in the morning.


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