“Are my chickens cold?” This is hands down the most frequent question we get asked about raising chickens in winter, especially from new keepers in cold climates. A lot of people curious about raising chickens can’t imagine leaving them outside in their unheated coop in the dead of winter. They imagine themselves out there naked and shivering in the cold and can’t bear the thought of doing that to their hens.
The truth is, they’re just fine. Chickens have an amazing tolerance for cold, and many built-in measures to keep them warm in winter. There are a number of things that you can do to help make them comfortable, and they’re easy to boot!
Timber Creek Farm takes us through exactly how to tell if your chickens are actually cold, how to prepare your chicken coop to keep your chickens warm in the winter, and extra tips on how to keep the water from freezing (we love using this bad boy in our coop!)
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“How cold is too cold for backyard chickens? Below freezing, below zero, when it feels too cold for me, are all answers I have heard mentioned. New chicken owners experiencing their first winter with chickens in a back yard coop can become concerned when the real winter weather arrives.
I live in a fairly moderate area where winter is normally not too severe. We do get some winters that are colder than average and this often will bring questions about how to keep the chickens comfortable and thriving. I don’t get too worried…”
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