Thursday, January 15, 2009

Chickens in the deep freeze

It's cold out. We had just shy of 8 inches of snow yesterday and today. The temp went from 23 deg F yesterday to a high of 6 today. (which is like -14 deg C without the windchill.) We had 9 - 15 mph winds all day. Cold! Tomorrow is expected to be colder. During all this my chickens have been living in a tent. Actually they have lived in a tent for the past 3 years without any problem. They have survived two feet of snow and temps down to - 11. I always chuckle at the folks who pamper their chickens. Chickens are tougher than we think.

Snow Chickens

Chicken house in the snow



Barbee' said...

Good thing they have those nice feather and down coats!

dND said...

I see what you mean about the depths of winter! And I think you're right about the chickens, it's not the cold its the wind and the wet that's the problem for them and possibly a bit of frostbite on the combs and feet if they can't get anywhere frost free.

We did manage a few days of frost here thankfully as those soil borne pests do need something to knock them back.

queenbeehoney said...

Yes, chickens are amazingly tough, even chicks. The farmers I get milk from don't even have their chickens in a tent. They find shelter wherever they can. When I figured this out (because they were always about when I was picking up milk), I asked what happens to them in the dead of winter. Linda just said, "Oh they find some out-of-the-way place.


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