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Insulated Coop- Added heat or not?

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I have an insulated coop, that holds a steady 50* with no electricity. I have approx. 9 chicks coming in 3 weeks and will be keeping them out in the coop, inside clear tubs I have set up as the brooder.

         With that being said, will I need to have a red light to help heat the coop more for the new chicks I have coming, or will the 2 feather dusters hanging in part of the brooder be warm enough for them ?  Our daytime temps have been in anywhere from the mid 50's to the low 70's with overnight temps getting down to upper 30's.

 Thank you all in advance for your help and advice!    :)

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One of the most important things chickens need is fresh air.  They produce lots of high-moisture waste, and having a coop sealed up will lead to air quality deteriorating.  Even up here, where our winters are very harsh, I leave one window at least cracked open all year round.  Chickens are very hardy, and are actually more sensitive to heat than to cold temps.

 

For young chicks this is not as big a concern, as they are small and just do not poop as much yet.  Chicks need an area that is relatively draft-free with a gradient of temperatures.  Providing a heated area, with other areas that are cooler, will allow the chicks to seek an area that will keep them comfortable.  At least for the first few weeks having a smaller enclosure inside your coop will help keep  the chicks nearer food, water and heat.

 

You may find this article from the Learning Center helpful - http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Yes, the new chicks will need a heat source. Chicks need access to an area that's around 100 degrees day and night. Give them a warm area and the rest of the brooder at ambient temp and they'll regulate how warm they are by where they sit. 

 

 

Your insulated coop sounds great if birds were human, but they're not. AS mentioned above, you're going to need ventilation, which basically negates insulation. Moisture build up is far more dangerous to birds than simple cold. Fully feathered adult birds can easily handle sub zero temps if they're out of the wind and dry. Frostbite can happen in higher temps with higher moisture levels. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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