Originally posted by MountainEnigma
What is the recommendation about keeping chickens through the winter? Will they survive in their hen house or would it be necessary to somehow heat the hen house?
Heat is unnecessary. Keeping their area well ventilated and dry is important to prevent frostbite and respiratory disease.
Even with multiple subzero days and nights heat is unnecessary and may actually harm your birds by reducing their ability to handle the cold temps and thinning their feathers or contributing to moisture in the air which will damage their lungs.
Chickens have been kept long before their was electricity.
Everybody feels bad about them being cold. I do too. But heat does more harm than good.
You can feed them some warm oatmeal as a treat or fill their waterer with warm water (helps keep it from freezing all day) if you want but heating the coop is unnecessary and generally not recommended.