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I live in USDA zone 4, and was wondering how I can minimally keep my chickens alive through the long cold winters, when just picking eggs all over the 100 acre farm at their coops.

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    What is minimally keep my chickens alive? Are you talking about food, warmth, diseases ...? How are the coops constructed? What is the weather actually, instead of refering to a theoretical definition? This question has way too little information. – Jan Doggen Jul 28 '16 at 8:41
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There isn't much to do at all. Chickens are just fine in snow and at night pile on top each other for warmth. The primary issue with cold weather and chickens is crop freezing. So pick a cold-hearty breed such as wyandottes, which are known to be very resistant to that problem.

Obviously the chickens will want access to clean, dry nest boxes for laying eggs.

If you want additional protection for the coop, build a wind block. Just make sure the coop always has excellent ventilation.

  • I'm thinking a hedge row of things like Elderberry would work well for this. – a coder Jul 31 '16 at 23:21

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