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  1. I got them (6 girls at the moment, had 7, but one die of heat, which will never happen again) a window AC/Heater which we will install in there new chicken coop which is a Tuff Shed 16×20 with a 40x100x6 feet tall chicken run, all chain link including the top. Is there anything special I need to do to keep them safe and healthy? We are getting it ready for them, working on the insulation and drywall at the moment and hopefully they will be moving in some time this month (September 2016). Please help with any suggestions. Thank you.


  2. Chickens don’t need heat or air. If they are provided with shade and plenty of water in hot weather and access to a shaded area outside they will handle the heat fine. We live in upstate Pa where below 32 is common and below 20 or even minus digits is fairly common. I have learned to cover all but one window which is not windy side facing , keep litter clean and changed weekly offer plenty of feed plus scratch grain and keep the ice off of water. Twice a day I take out warm water. Give extra treats like hang a cabbage or alfalfa hay. We really don’t need to spend extra on heat or cool. I have raised chickens for 11 years.

  3. If they have enough and good food and green like salad and everytime “icefree” water, they love to scratch in the yard and to be outside.

  4. What is the specific difference between a draft and ventilation, they are both the movement of air,… I am confused on this area, and would love some precise clarification and examples of both so we can build the best and safest coop for our upstate NY winters. Thanks!

    • Hi JT, for ventilation, you can use windows that open and close. A draft would be caused by an open window with no pane, or way to close it. Its important to have a way to air out the coop but still create a warm home when the winds pick up. Great Question! Hope this helps!

  5. We live in south east Louisiana. Our 3 chickens have a very small coop that they only lay their eggs in.Since our weather is so hot, they prefer to roost in the oak tree above at night. At what temperature should I start worrying about getting them back in the coop at night.

    • Hi Kathy, if it gets well below zero degrees, or if it’s below 32 degrees and there’s big gusts of wind, if there’s freezing rain, or if it’s cold and raining I would try to get them into shelter.

      • Kathy, you don’t have a problem with possums, or maybe raccoons with chickens roosing in trees? They hunt at night when chickens and other birds can’t see and wipe them out if they can. Barb

  6. So this is my first winter with chickens . I started with 2 heating lamps thinking that they needed them. It is now January in Montana. The cold temps have made me nervous about my chickens and if they are doing alright in the recent cold here. It has been getting into cold snaps where it is -11 at night and a high of -2 at day. On “warmer” days it gets mid to high teens and lows single digits. Is this to cold for them. I have lost one chicken this winter and now my flock is quiet . I have been trying to research when its to cold for chickens but cant seem to find anything for the northern states. A few weeks ago the temps where below -11 with highs of -2 or below… I have seen a lot of days the high is O . This is in F degrees. I’m just now unplugged both heating lamps ( which I don’t think where doing much good with keeping much warm in the cold) and have put a alternative white light that I will be turning off at night. I give them chicken scratch in the morning and evening. So you think they will handle the cold or do I need to plug the lamps back on?

    • If you’re only feeding scratch, then they will need a better quality diet than that. Scratch has about 9% protein in it. They should be getting feed that has at least 16% protein in it. So, more than the heat lamps, that’s what they need.

  7. I’m going to try straw bails…I’m working on lining the run with them as a wind break and I was told as they break down they will produce heat. I will use whatever is left as compost for the garden in the spring. I’m also going to rotate a few into the coop on cold nights.

  8. It a good Idea to ck the temp in the coop…. most of the time its a lot warmer that outside, so no need to worry.. the girls heat it up. I use deep saw dust., . let them help turn it by throwing in scratch every now and then.. It keeps the coop warm and cosy!! Thats the best way Ive found to keep clean and warm. I have 23 big girls and 20- 10 week olds coming up.. I add a mix of calundula flower, tumeric, parsley flackes, flax seed, chili pepper, mustard seed and bee pollen to there feed. There eggs are so yellow and whip up amazing!! They get lots of fresh greens, seeds,squah and pumpkins this time of year. ( Ya , I spoil them.) but I eat there eggs, so i want them to be healthy..