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post #11 of 15
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I'll add, personally, I wouldn't use a mat, I would add a heat lamp for warmth. We did have some 0 degree weather this winter and I am certainly thinking ahead for next winter. Keep the combs protected (vaseline) and warm, dry and ventilated....

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by nancypo 

I'll add, personally, I wouldn't use a mat, I would add a heat lamp for warmth. We did have some 0 degree weather this winter and I am certainly thinking ahead for next winter. Keep the combs protected (vaseline) and warm, dry and ventilated....


vaseline for the combs? what is that for? I have 1 with a somewhat crusty looking comb i thought it could the coloring of it but its always been like that. I also have one that doesnt seem to be growing a comb its flat and bumpy but all black.

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It is better to be the head of a chicken than the rear end of an ox -Japanese Proverb
Work at home, Hippie Chick, Home schooling 4 kids living "la vida loca" in the middle of Texas with 2 dachshunds, and 8 chicks hatched a week before Easter 2010. [2 Americana, 2 Golden laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold sexlink, 2 brown sexlink] I think I've caught chicken fever.
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post #13 of 15

The one in the original link says it is made of plastic, that's why I was concerned about safety.

post #14 of 15

This is like the heated "pet mat" (marketed for cats and dogs) that I use in my coop to keep the water liquid in sub-freezing temps. I do have it up an some bricks, though, because I didn't like the thought of heat + pine shavings. My chickens actually had no interest in the warmth there, just the water. I only have it in the coop when it's cold enough to freeze the water. The cord has wire coiled on it (so cats/dogs can't chew on it), and the surface wipes clean.

Used to be just 3, but chicken math has happened here at Casa Kerfluffle.
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Used to be just 3, but chicken math has happened here at Casa Kerfluffle.
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post #15 of 15
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I did find a ceramic disc at the feed store for reptiles. You'd need a ceramic bulb base, but then you could heat part of the coop safely and wouldn't shatter if a drop of water hit it. Good idea!

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