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Heat lamp in coop in mid October???

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Hey, we have I think about 6 month old chickens and the temperature is in the low 30s and we put a Heat lamp out there for the night. Is this a good idea? Should we take it out? Any help would be very much appreciated! I really don't want to make a bad decision!
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I would advise against the heat lamp if they are 6 months old. Are they cold hardy breeds? I have 5 week old chicks and I am about 2 weeks away from removing their heat lamp! Remember, at 6 months old they have a full down coat covered in feathers. They are nice and toasty under that! There are many chicken owners here who live in VErY cold places (-20) and they have no supplimental heat for their chickens. The only thing they do is make sure the chickens water doesn't freeze.

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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No Heat, they should be fine....I take the heat away from my chicks about 3 weeks old.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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