We are trying to decide between the 8 X 8 Coop and the 4 X 8 coop. We are planning on starting with about 6 chickens and possibly expanding from there. We live in a climate that has about 1-2 weeks of -15 F night time temps per year and about 1-2 weeks of 95 F highs. We are hoping to not run electricity to the coop. I am wondering if 6 chickens can stay warm enough in the 8 X 8 coop in winter. Thanks!
Last modified: 18 Mar 2012, 10:48 AM
Hi Sunny,
Thank you for your email.
When it comes to building a 4x8 versus an 8x8, the temperature isnt going to vary too much between the two coops with 6 chickens. When it comes to extreme climates, one way we always recommend is just running a lightbulb to the coop when its cold (like -15). A light bulb or a brooder lamp can be introduced to these coops via extension cord.
The chickens are pretty cold resistant. Theyll need more scratch or cracked corn in the winter time so they can produce more heat for themselves...
If theres no way to get any power to the coop, Id consider putting up a temporary enclosure around the roost (inside the 4x8 or 8x8) for extreme cold conditions just so the chickens can warm a smaller space. The good news is that they will all huddle up on the same roost and as long as theyre well fed and hydrated, that natural generation of heat will do the most to keep them warm.
The biggest concern we have in the winter time is keeping the water from freezing. Its very important for them to stay hydrated in extreme weather (hot and cold).
Hope that helps! Have a great night!
Best regards,
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