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Do setting hens need a heat lamp for their chicks in cold weather?

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Hi Everyone, 
We have two setting hens in an unheated coop outside, and I had thought that none of the eggs would hatch since it's been so cold, but today we are hearing little peeps from a hatching egg. I'm wondering if I should put a heat lamp in the coop. Would it be too hot for the moms? 
Thanks for your advice!
Sue

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No, she'll keep them warm herself.

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The chicks will be warm when under mama. But they need to get out to eat and drink. I had a chick last year that died from being chilled even tho it would have been fine under the hen. (too small of a heat bulb but I didn't realize it in time.) I always give my brood hens with chicks a heat lamp so the chicks can have the freedom to get out from under her. The hen will adapt to the heat as long as it doesn't get too hot in the coop. She may appreciate the warmth too. :)

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