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

From: Karen T S.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:40 PM
It seems I have my bathroom trashed by chickens at least once or twice a year!

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On Jan 7, 2014, at 19:33, Maggie <[address removed]> wrote:

Howdy Karen.........reaching out is all.... 3 little ones at that age might be jeopardized tonight because of small numbers in my experience.. On the side of caution....check them. they are small and at risk.....:) best wishes.....

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Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Extreme cold!
From: Karen T Shrom <[address removed]>
Date: Tue, January 07,[masked]:10 pm
To: [address removed]

I have 3 pullets that are 18 weeks old. They seemed fine today. I do have tarps up as a wind break, a heated water dish, and I gave them lots of treats and food today. I'm still on the fence about bringing them in the house tonight. I'm going to check on them within the hour, and if they seem stressed in any way, I'm bringing them in!

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On Jan 7, 2014, at 16:51, Molly Caldwell <[address removed]> wrote:

Maggie - can we keep them locked in our hen house outside? (it is a small structure made out of corrugated plastic and wood and is currently insulated with cardboard boxes, hay, with plastic sheeting and a blanket on top)  It was still pretty cold in there today but they preferred to be out in the run rather than inside.  I'm thinking the basement in a big box might be better for tonight since they have been exposed all day...thoughts?

On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM, Maggie <[address removed]> wrote:
Lock down recommended tonight because of temps. Vaseline on combs/wattles if you doubt your habitat/ventilation etc.. Keep locked down till maybe 8-9am so the sun comes up. Fatty foods work well.

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Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Extreme cold!
From: Molly Caldwell <[address removed]>
Date: Tue, January 07,[masked]:32 pm
To: [address removed]

Diane, I wasn't worried either until I saw the windchill - I was more concerned about the sudden drop in temps from last night to today. My girls are fine today though - spend time in the sun and out of the wind. Tonight I'll close them in - I usually keep the interior coop door open but it is too cold for that now...just check their combs and waddles for frostbite and put Vaseline on if they look dry or tender...

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On Jan 7, 2014, at 1:29 PM, Diane Bromberg <[address removed]> wrote:

I have a water warmer which is working fine to keep their water from freezing.

and my flock seems to be fine outside today (but they are all cold hearty breeds).  When there was snow they all stayed inside the enclosed part of the coop, but today they are out and about.  I wasn't worried about them until I read this thread.  Should I be worried? I figured if they get cold they will go back into the warmer sheltered part of their coop.  
At work now worried about the chickypoos at home

On Tuesday, January 7,[masked]:18 PM, Julio <[address removed]> wrote:
Well I bought 200 bales and I had two workers built a wall inside the chicken barn. and some heating lamps, that should help. I opened the door to the barn so they can go outside, but they were back inside. The only problem is that the water keep freezing. and some eggs were frozen.    

On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM, Karen Washington <[address removed]> wrote:
Keep them inside with plenty of hay or straw Insulate with plastic or tarp to prevent harmful wind draft. Give them fresh water. They should be fine. 
My two cents,

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On Jan 7, 2014, at 9:16 AM, Maggie <[address removed]> wrote:

I worry today and thru the night especially. The wind is bad.
Mine are out of their coops at 8:30 am and  in their enclosed pen. I wrapped 3 walls for wind/snow protection with tarps last week when we had snow predictions.
  I occasionally give them warm oatmeal and raisins for a treat and small. I also give them un striped black sunflower seeds for added fat/carb to keep them warmer......and scratch.
 It is brutal out there, but I have no other options. I notice they are all huddling together out of the wind so that is a start.
 That and my pen has a deep layer of shavings to help provide warmth in winter if they dig in a bit. I add DE and they dust bath in it as well.
Good luck everyone!

Maggie in Staten Island
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Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Extreme cold!
From: Joanne Brogan <[address removed]>
Date: Tue, January 07,[masked]:08 am
To: [address removed]

My 3 girls are locked in my basement with a heater that hangs from the ceiling.  They are allowed to roam a space about 15 x 20 and there is a roost and nesting boxes there.   And of course food and water. I am afraid to allow them outside in these temps.
Joanne Brogan

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” 
 Mother Teresa
In a message dated 1/7/2014 7:54:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
Hi All,
I am finding myself with the same dilemma here in the Bronx. I am fearful of letting my girls out today in these frigid temps. They usually free range in the yard, rain or shine, and can go back to the coop, or other hidey hole place around here during the daytime if they wish...but today and tomorrow, well I just don't know.
I'll be following this thread closely. Thanks all...Sherrill

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