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Has anyone ever used the flat panel coop heaters?  I'm trying to figure out what would work best in the coop.  Red heat lamp ain't cutting it.  Coop is too big for it to do any good.  What do you all use?

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post #2 of 70

Sounds to me like you're looking for something like an infrared heater. Like the Ceramic Heat Emiters or those big jobbies like this..

http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/radiant_heat_brooder.html

From all the posts I've read, you realy don't need a heater unless you don't have enough birds or enough bedding. They pretty much keep themselves warm.


Edited by FutureChickenMan - 12/4/07 at 11:17am
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The heater both Chickflick and myself are looking at is the flat panel heater at Shopthecoop.com. One of the sponsers of this forum. I also don't like the red heat lamps and am looking for an option.

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As for McMurray...don't you think it is a bit of overkill?

"This unit will warm approx; in northern states 240 chicks, 140 turkey poults, 200 pheasants/quail, 12 Ratites in middle states 300 chicks, 180 turkey poults, 260 pheasants/quail, 14 Ratites in southern states 360 chicks, 220 turkey poults, 320 pheasants/quail, 16 Ratites"
I too am looking at the flat panel coop heater at shopthecoop as my girls at 11 weeks just aren't big enough to handle the outside cold! Last night without chickens we had the inside at 35 with a red heat lamp...it has been recommended that they be at about 55 right now.  I don't imagine they can bring the heat up 20 degrees!?

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2 rir's, 1 silver & 1 gold wyandotte, 2 buff & 1 black bantam cochins, 1 buff orp, 2 easter eggers, 1 bantam silkie mix, 1 maine coon cat, 2 DSs, a VERY patient DH and the newest addition is a munchkin Boston Terrier!!!
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AH HA! I need more chickens! I knew it!

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On the eighth day of Christmas, the Animal shelter gave to me: eight fluffy chickens, seven smallish horses, six wyandottes, five crazy kittens, four brand new chickies, three cuckoo hens, two lovey goosies, and a doggie with really bad arthritis!
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Originally Posted by Cheryl 

As for McMurray...don't you think it is a bit of overkill?

"This unit will warm approx; in northern states 240 chicks, 140 turkey poults, 200 pheasants/quail, 12 Ratites in middle states 300 chicks, 180 turkey poults, 260 pheasants/quail, 14 Ratites in southern states 360 chicks, 220 turkey poults, 320 pheasants/quail, 16 Ratites"
I too am looking at the flat panel coop heater at shopthecoop as my girls at 11 weeks just aren't big enough to handle the outside cold! Last night without chickens we had the inside at 35 with a red heat lamp...it has been recommended that they be at about 55 right now.  I don't imagine they can bring the heat up 20 degrees!?


Where in the original post does it say how big the coop is? I gave two answers. The CHE's are small, the mcmurry thing is big. Choose what fits your application. My neighbor keeps chickens out year round with no heat, no lights, nothing. The only bird they've lost was because of a dog. It gets as cold as -10 where I live.


Edited by FutureChickenMan - 12/4/07 at 12:07pm
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Cheryl- can you lower your lamp to keep them warmer? A confined space with the lamp closer will bring up the tem's. A heater like the flat panel would'nt raise the tem's enough for your little ones. I am looking at it to take the edge off the cold without providing light.

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My and Krisrose's coop is a 10X12 shed.  I have 16 birds and Krisrose has 15 in the coop.  I would like to take the chill out and keep the water from freezing all in one unit.   I don't want the birds to get frost bite.    Just wanted some opinions.  Thanks everyone who shared! idunno

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Originally Posted by KrisRose 

The heater both Chickflick and myself are looking at is the flat panel heater at Shopthecoop.com. One of the sponsers of this forum. I also don't like the red heat lamps and am looking for an option.


I just ordered one.  I'll let you know when I receive it.  In the meantime, I was thinking about heating up some bricks in the oven and then wrapping them in something and putting them under their bedding.  Unless I can think of a reason why this is a bad idea!

I have six chickens (10 weeks) and I'm nervous about having them out when the temp is in the teens.

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