winter shelter for chickens

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josh5357

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winter shelter for chickens
« on: September 17, 2010, 18:02 »
As this will be there winter will I need to build some extra shelter for the girls. they have a run under the coop but I feel this will not give shelter from the winter cold and wind.

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alancane

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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010, 18:09 »
You might want top consider some protection from the wind and rain and snow if it comes.
I have some clear corrugated plastic that I will use on top of the run and round some sides of the run as the wind can come from that direction. But it won;t all be enclosed, just the exposed areas.
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josh5357

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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2010, 18:21 »
The coop sits above the run. I have some perspex I could block off 3 side and leave the 4th open for ventilation? Making sure the wind is not blowing into the open side. What do you think ??

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alancane

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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2010, 18:25 »
Sounds a great idea and just take it off on nice days.

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josh5357

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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2010, 18:34 »
Thanks alan  Will prepare it over the weekend and have it ready. As we are in scotland I'm not not expecting to have to wait long to try it out  :D  Josh

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alancane

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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2010, 18:35 »
Ah indeed, winter comes early up there. Hoping to leave mine off for a little while longer here in the southern tropics  8) 8) 8)

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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2010, 18:38 »
I have some clear corrugated perspex which I am going to get my oh to make a hen shelter with as the run is in a wind tunnel area.  I have one who is moulting at the moment and she won't sit down as she is cold so must get the shelter up asap. 
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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2010, 18:46 »
Hi Josh, I'm impressed you are getting ready for winter already!!!  I'm still waiting for summer!!!!  Where about in Scotland do you live?

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josh5357

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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2010, 18:56 »
Wishaw  Lanarkshire. Open fields behind us, where the snow that you had left over comes down from Inverness with a vengeance. Josh

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PaulineM

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Re: winter shelter for chickens
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2010, 20:09 »
You could also try some square bales to make a wind break  :)
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