It’s almost that time again and it’s time to get the coop ready for the cold weather. Right now is the perfect time to gather the materials you’ll need and prepare a plan.
Dealing with winter is strange territory for me, simply because here in Phoenix we barely have one! It never snows, and rarely drops below 40 at night. But I’ve done the research for you and found an article that will walk you through the proper steps to keep your chickens happy and healthy through the winter.
I learned a lot myself from this article… mostly that I wouldn’t ever have chickens if I lived in a cold climate! I reach for a ski jacket, hat, and gloves when it’s 40 degrees and I’m still freezing to death! It was 80 here the other day, I turned off the AC because I was cold. Being raised in Chicago, I know just how silly that is, nevertheless, living in Arizona for so long seems to have messed up my internal thermostat!
Hat’s off to all you guys that trudge through the snow to feed, tend to watering, pick eggs, and do chores in the bitter cold. You are my heroes!
Preparing The Coop And Chickens For Winter
by oldworldgarden | Life in the Garden
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Sharing a Little Chicken Humor…
Update on the Silkie chicks. Lost Henny, one of the white chicks to unknown causes. Too bad because I was really needing two white pullets. Now I’m down to one and I’m 99% sure that one is a rooster. Just goes to show, no matter how good we think we are at sexing chicks, we can so easily stand corrected, especially when it comes to Silkies!
These chicks will be in the only brooder I have until they are 7-8-wks. Either I get another brooder, be creative in dividing the current one, or wait until late Fall to get those white babies. Chicken keeping, every day offers something new to think about… and it’s all fun.
It’s a good guess you have your new chicks in a box in the house or garage and are watching them quickly outgrow their safe haven of comfort and warmth.
At about 6-7 weeks old they are becoming a handful, looking a bit crowded in their quarters, and you’ve had enough of keeping up with the mess. I understand your dilemma and have good news for you. We live in Phoenix! With mild winter temperatures, even at 6-7 weeks your chicks will be fine outside with the right housing accommodations. However, first you’ll want to lower the temperature in their brooder over the next few days to get them used to cooler temperatures.
Six weeks old
A suitable coop for 6-7 weeks old chicks is something that will protect them from wind and rain. If your coop is drafty, a large tarp will do…
Cooler weather is on the way and that means it’s time to prepare the chicken coop for inclement temperatures. Arizona winters are mild, I use an elevated dog house packed with hay for their shelter from wind and rain. As an added measure of protection I hang tarps on three sides of their run. They are free run during the day, but come night they all return to the coop and the gate is closed behind them till morning.
This is coop is considered adequate for mild winters where temperatures rarely drop below freezing.