We live in Finland and have cold winters just like you, its usually between minus 20--30C so pretty cold.
We are planning on building a new chicken house this spring and I was wondering what you used for insulation in your walls and roof?
Our current thought is to build a wooden structure and insulate with straw bales, but any comments and info is allways welcome!
Its still winter here.....we are waiting for spring......maybe begining of May!
I think we will go ahead with the straw bales as they are free!
We plan on the new chicken house being south facing to make the most of the light,although just like you our winters are long and dark, so we will put in a low energy light for them.
its always a challenge living in a climate such as ours, so we just keep experimenting.......
Im off to stack wood in the sunshine now....
Brahmas make good free range cold climate meat birds. they are an heirloom breed with small combs and feathered legs. Both good traits for cold places.
small, well insulated housing with south facing windows is best. Straw makes great insulation.
have lived in zones 2 or 3 manitoba and saskatchewan
Thanks, I didn't know this. So I guess they are best for dry cold then. need to rethink which birds I'm getting. I'm on the coast of B.C. canada, on one of the gulf Islands..sorta like cascadia.. so our cold is usually wet, one of the features of a temperate rainforest.
Emerson White wrote:
Bantys don't handle cold well, in real cold all the animals seem to get bigger, better volume to surface area ratios that way.
Wynandotes, and orpingtons, both are good solid breeds for the cold.
I am from Quebec and Get down to -30C - defenately need to keep your chickens inside
Travis Philp wrote:
We had our chickens in open air all winter and it gets -20 C and colder on a regular basis.
Their house had two parts. They lived underneath an extension on our home, with nothing but chicken wire and hay bales stacked against the wire, two bales thick. There was about 6 inches between the bales and the side of the house which was completely open air, to allow light and airflow in. They also had the run of an 8' X 6' unheated greenhouse which was placed up against (but not attached to) our home. There was a small hole cut in the plastic of the greenhouse to allow them to run in or out. Most of the time they spent in the colder area under the house, not in the greenhouse.
The chickens did just fine, kept their weight and vigor up all winter, with no heat lamps.
andy careaga wrote:How do these breeds do during summer time? We don't near as cold as you guys way up there and I like the idea of cold tolerant birds. However, what are your summers like. Down here there sometimes is spells where the temps can push 105 deg F. Can the breeds mentioned above take that also?