Winter Chicken Keeping

This is an older post but I have been seeing a lot of questions on this subject lately. I though it was timely to post again.


Last winter was a doozey but our chooks were cozy and did just fine. 

coop in the snow

The original ‘Cluck In’ is a small coop, the 4 gals were as cozy as can be all packed together at night on their roosting perch. Their body heat kept them warm.

The coop only had one small window which has a sliding door that I left half open for ventilation on all but the coldest days/nights.  It also had a sliding door that opened to their run but we never closed this door.  Instead I took an old throw rug and made 2 curtain-like ‘flaps’ to keep out cold drafts.  The girls could push their way in and out.

We weather-stripped around the clean-out door and wrapped the nest box in a quilted movers tarp (we wrapped in such a way that we could still open it for egg retrieval). We threw more tarps over the roof.   …

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. slcriger
    Jan 15, 2016 @ 15:20:53

    our girls do fine…no heater…no inside

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