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OK so I'm a complete beginner and with this being October in Cincinnati Ohio I'm trying to study up on wintering my Silkies. I've been getting mixed articles on heat lamps in my coop or not. I think I'm leaning towards not because they will have a nice indoor setup and, like our rabbits, I'd rather they maintain natural hardiness than become dependent on man made elements. Can I please get some feedback from other members? Opinions, facts and healthy debates are all welcome. Thanks ya'all.
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I just put plastic around my run and have a heated waterer. Lights increase picking on each other and fire hazard. I like to give my ladies a break too. smile.png
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Keep them dry, draft free and well fed and they will be fine.  They have excellent, insulated, down coats.  :P

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Agreed--- As long as they have a good, well ventilated, draft free coop,with plenty of feed and water, your flock will be fine with out a heat lamp.

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Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

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Silkies are not considered  a hardy breed.  You may want to post on the "Silkie thread,"  and ask what provisions they make for cold winter areas, and also hot , humid ones.

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