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Re: RE: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Extreme cold!

From: Diane B.
Sent on: Friday, January 10, 2014 12:03 AM
Hey all, 
I appreciate the conversation, but there is a whole lot of drama in our house today. 

Last night while trying to protect our chickens from the cold we inadvertently gave our RI Reds combs frostbite.  The flock had been fine on the bitterly cold Monday and Tuesday nights in their little uninsulated, winterized (draft free) coop.  But I was getting so worried by all the Chicken-meetup-NYC group suggestions of heat lamps, insulation and bringing them inside that I thought I should take more extreme measures. So last night (wednesday) I took some of the groups suggestions and covered the coop in a blanket and closed up the coop door completely so they couldn't go out.  This half-assed insulated state caused the coop to not vent properly causing moisture to build up during the night and condense on their combs where it froze and gave the 2 Rhode Island reds frostbite.  :(

Caution:  If you have cold hearty breeds they do not require warmth, just to be kept safely out of drafts.  
sad today, 

On Wednesday, January 8,[masked]:38 PM, Dr. Jackie Penny <[address removed]> wrote:
Great ideas and thoughts everyone!!!  Awesome.  I have a heated water bowl for my feral cats (outside wild/street cats) and it freezes up as well with these temps, so I took another person's advice and put a bit of salt in the water.  Last night when I came home their water bowl was just starting to freeze, so a bit of salt helps. 

My chickies are in the basement.  Not happy, but I can get through a work day without fretting about my featherfriends.  

Thanks for the advice from someone here, i.e. chickens in Buffalo (who are used to this weather) could stand this cold/snow.  I wasn't sure, being a first time chicken owner, but next time I'll leave them out in the coop/run.  Let them decide, they're young and healthy, they know to escape into the coop to stay warm/dry/cool.  I have 10 so body heat isn't an issue.  

Nice to see everyone caring for their birds. :)

 Jackie Penny, LVT, CAAB
MSc. Animal Science; PhD. Feline Behavior
Feline Behavior Research Specialist (Wild & Domestic)


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