Hello! With the winter months (finally) approaching where I live, we're at last finishing on winterizing the coop. We're going to be putting shutters on the windows - one line of open ventilation up top) and using a heated waterer, but since it's a big coop with only 5 chickens and temps get really low, we're considering putting in a ceramic heat emitter for the really cold nights.
Thing is, I'm sort of terrified of the coop catching on fire with my girls in it so I want to get feedback on how safe they are in the coop, and the safest way to install it? Coop is wood with an aluminum roof and 1/4 wire mesh covering the windows. It would be high enough that I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be able to get burned, but I guess I'm worried about freak accidents and want to know the best way to avoid any issues.
So, who uses CHEs in their coops in the winter, who doesn't, pros and cons?