i was thinking about getting a electric heater from wal-mart and going to northern tool supply and buying a solar panel to run it so i don't have to run my electric bill up!
does anyone here use solar panels for light, etc in there chicken coop?
You don't need to heat your coop in NC, not even in the mountains. Honest!! Realio trulio.
Most electric heaters will be a serious fire hazard (heating element plus dust equals combustion). The sealed oil-filled ones are probably safer, although of course also more expensive. They will run up your electric bill something fierce and provide no actual useful service for your chickens, in addition to being a fire hazard. (E.t.a. - they draw a BIG LOT of current and you would need a substantial-sized, i.e. expensive, solar panel system to run any electric heaters)
If you truly think your chickens are at risk of frostbite on the coldest nights, just hang a regular ol' lightbulb -- can be red -- in a heatlamp fixture above the roost. This puts targeted heat where it is needed (rather than attempting to heat the whole coop).
Agreed. I'm in NC and never use any heat for adult chickens, and my coop is not insulated. I just close up the windows, in the summer I just have hardware cloth wire over the window openings.
I think I remember seeing a post on here from someone in Alaska who did not use heat, but just had an insulated coop, and had some type of heater to keep the water from freezing.
I mean think about, you see a lot of wild birds in the trees in the winter time.
Hot weather is a lot harder on most chicken breeds than cold.
Edited by Carolina Chicken Man - 10/29/08 at 2:29pm