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I started Raising Bantam Buckeyes, Large Fowl Buff Orpington's, and Bantam Old English Silver Duckwing's in November 2012. I'm branching into Welsummer's, lol... I absolutely love poultry!!! Especially my Buff Orpington's!!! They are the sweetest babies I've ever known. I'm new!
 

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Oh those chickens are sooo addicting aren't they! The more I learn about different breeds, the more I wish I had endless room to bring them home! Probably good thing space is limited huh. :p Welcome aboard! We're always happy to have more chicken lovers join us. The more, the merrier. :D
 

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Nashel said:
I started Raising Bantam Buckeyes, Large Fowl Buff Orpington's, and Bantam Old English Silver Duckwing's in November 2012. I'm branching into Welsummer's, lol... I absolutely love poultry!!! Especially my Buff Orpington's!!! They are the sweetest babies I've ever known. I'm new!
Welcome from Idaho :)
 

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kahiltna_flock said:
Hello from Alaska :)
Kahiltna flock, My area of Idaho reminds me a lot of Alaskan winters when we lived up there. This is our first run at chickens and I was hoping you could give some tips on overwintering hens in temps that could be in the 20's but could be as low as negative 20.
 

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Kahiltna flock, My area of Idaho reminds me a lot of Alaskan winters when we lived up there. This is our first run at chickens and I was hoping you could give some tips on overwintering hens in temps that could be in the 20's but could be as low as negative 20.
Well I have a sturdy doubled walled, fully insulated coop. It is up off the ground on those cinder block things that are used to build decks. I didn't really heat the coop. I did use one heat lamp when it was super cold for weeks.ike -20 - -30 where even the heated base the hubby rigged up wouldn't keep the water unfrozen. We have a covered run that they used all winter. They were always given the opportunity to go out, and usually did. Crazy birds. I really didnt do anything special. I lost a lot of sleep worrying since it was my first winter keeping chickens. You will do fine.
 

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JudyLandauer said:
Kahiltna flock, My area of Idaho reminds me a lot of Alaskan winters when we lived up there. This is our first run at chickens and I was hoping you could give some tips on overwintering hens in temps that could be in the 20's but could be as low as negative 20.
Where in Idaho are you? Must be northern to remind you of Alaska. I was born down in Burley. Never spent much time down there but enough to know that area wouldn't remind you of Alaska :)
 

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kahiltna_flock said:
Where in Idaho are you? Must be northern to remind you of Alaska. I was born down in Burley. Never spent much time down there but enough to know that area wouldn't remind you of Alaska :)
We live in Shelley, which is just a few miles south of Idaho Falls. Once you hit Blackfoot going north the altitude rises to about 5300 feet so the planting zone drops to a 1, which is much cooler than Burley. I was born in Anchorage, which is more temperate than areas further inland. I guess chickens are more resilient than I thought they were if they would voluntarily go outside in such cold weather. Ourr cats don't want to go out when it's that cold and , frankly, neither do I. :)
 

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JudyLandauer said:
Kahiltna flock, My area of Idaho reminds me a lot of Alaskan winters when we lived up there. This is our first run at chickens and I was hoping you could give some tips on overwintering hens in temps that could be in the 20's but could be as low as negative 20.
Correction. I meant say as low as negative 40.
 

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Luckily we didnt get that cold this winter. We have in the past, but I think this year it was down to -25 maybe -30. They are some pretty hearty birds, that is for sure.
 
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