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Winterizing Your Coop

The most important thing is to block all wind and drafts from getting into your coop/run, while still letting light in! You'll want to cover up all the hardware cloth of your coop/run with a layer of clear plastic. You can also line the outside of your coop/run with a single row of rectangular straw bales to provide extra ground-level insulation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Remember that you still need adequate ventilation in your coop near the roof to prevent condensation from forming, which can lead to frostbite while your chickens roost at night.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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• Clear heavy-duty drop cloths OR clear polycarbonate sheeting panels⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• A way to secure your plastic to the coop (staples, screws, etc.)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Optional: small rectangular straw bales⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Many people don't heat their coops in the winter. However, you WILL need a heated waterer — or you'll need to replace water 2-3 times a day — if your outdoor temps are near or below freezing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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• Heated waterer or heated base for your existing waterer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Heavy-duty 12 gauge outdoor-rated extension cord⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Weatherproof wall outlet cover⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you do heat your coop, heat lamps are a massive fire hazard, so use eyelet screws drilled into the roof of your coop, then use a clip to secure the lamp into the ring (never rely on the included clamps).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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• Brooder lamp⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• RED heat bulb⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Large eyelet screws⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Caribeener clip⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Optional: Thermostatically Controlled Cold Weather Outlet

That's all for now, chicken friends!