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It's Winter....said the Chickens!

Winter finally started knocking on our Ohio town...and we managed to procrastinate on the whole winter chicken PREP. 

Winter care for chickens can be confusing to beginners andestablished chicken keepers alike. There are many different schools of thought on heat vs. no heat in the coop. We are on the fence but leaning toward the no heat camp, even though temperatures can drop to below zero here (sometimes!).

If you would like to know how weplan on keeping our flock warm, this winter, withoutheat... well read on my friend! 

Let's talk about chicken coops and heat. 

Do you need to heat your chicken coop? 

Well there is a short answer and a long answer.
The short answer is NO.   The long answer has to do with the fact that chickens can and will live very comfortably in temps that drop below zero- and this includes without supplemental heat sources.
Chickens are not people. I know that you are thinking...DUH Kel, but sometimes this can lead to oversight.  People, you and me, we can NOT s…