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Old 02-13-2015, 10:10 PM
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Andrea, you haven't had your orpingtons go broody? Sorry, confused by your statement, wondering if it was a mistype.

I'm thinking of getting a couple more to replace a few that passed over the last couple years.
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ok, nevermind, I just reread. That's good to hear.
We've had one of our three opringtons who has been broody once. One of our easter eggers is seriously broody all.freaking.summer.long. Every single heat wave I'm having to haul her off the nest and lock her out of the coop (which then means that the others lay their eggs outside in the sticks) so that she doesn't die. She drives me NUTS.
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Old 02-14-2015, 11:04 AM
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We have Dominiques, Easter eggers, some true Ameracaunas, Marans, and chanteclers. We had Brahmas for a while and they were awesome. We had more egg production when we had golden comets from the feed store, but the egg basket wasn't as pretty. I love in Canada. The wind chill was -31F yesterday and we don't hear anything but the waterer after they are old enough to go outside.
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My Buff Orpingtons are constantly broody! I already have one sitting this year.

We live in the mountains, and our chickens are in an open barn (no door). We had several weeks in the single digits at night, and we do not have a heat lamp in the barn. They come out to eat in the snow, as long as it isn't too deep. If you chickens are accustomed to a heat lamp, and it fails for some reason, they will be at risk for dying simply because they are not used to the cold. If you leave them to their own devices, they will acclimate to the weather.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:54 PM
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Honestly, heat is a bigger danger to chickens. How hot does it get where you live? We have to make sure that we have plenty of shade for ours in the run area now that we can't let them free range anymore (due to our daytime coyote), and on really hot days (over 105) we run a sprinkler in part of the shady area.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:14 PM
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Such good information. It can get in the low 100s. Typical hot days are in the mid 90s. in 2011 we had more than 60 days of over 100s, that was very unusual. We had a hard time keeping cows and horses cool. I didn't think about chickens. But we have misters that we could set up for them if it does get hot. Plus now we have a pretty good sized 14 stall barn that has good air flow and fans for our horses. We could put them in there if it gets really hot.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:16 AM
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Sounds like you'd be ok, then. Ours have never seemed to struggle so long as they have shade until it gets over 105.
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