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So I've heard over and over again that most chickens are relatively cold hardy and don't neat supplemental heat in the coop.  The mom in me would feel much better, however, if they at least had a 75 watt bulb in their coop that they could huddle next to in case they wanted the extra warmth (mainly at night in the winter).  With that in mind, I have been providing my 6 wk olds who just started being outside full-time, a 75 watt standard lightbulb for heating.  I was concerned that the constant light at night might be bothersome.  Should I switch to the dark colored bulbs specifically made to provide heat without bright light, or would the extra light at night perhaps up the egg laying during the winter, once they're old enough to lay?  -Michelle

Michelle---Outlaw suburban chicken owner
Wife to Paul, mom to Brian (11), Brooke (9), and Brent (5)
Mama hen to 3 EEs Chickie, Fluffy, and Touhou
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Michelle---Outlaw suburban chicken owner
Wife to Paul, mom to Brian (11), Brooke (9), and Brent (5)
Mama hen to 3 EEs Chickie, Fluffy, and Touhou
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post #2 of 34

I would caution you with regard to adding heat. If the power fails you could loose your entire flock in one night!

That being said, if you still choose to keep a 75 watt bulb in there make sure you dont keep a white light on 24/7. You would use a white bulb during the day and a black/red bulb at night.

Here's the problem: I used (last year because I was a worried mommy) a white light 24/7 for supplimental heat and yes it did keep my girls laying like crazy but it came at a high price! My girls had 24/7 to get each other's nerves which lead to pecking which then lead to canabalizm!! It's NOT worth it!! I live in Maine and it get really cold. I was assured by my vet that chickens have been kept by people in cold, harsh climates for centuries with out added heat. He told me to shut the light off. As long as you have a draft free coop that's well ventalated they will be fine. But you have to let them get accustome to the weather now...winterized so to speak.

Hope this helps smile

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I'm with you i can't leave them  in there in cold temps, I found a great alternative. I hollowed out a cast iron electric stove that i had and i put 2 nice size big candles in it and close the door , It's very safe and it keeps them fairly warm and i sleep better at nite. No added electic bills or cords. I knpw were gonna get laughed at but works for 14 of my girls. who does'nt like to sleep near a cozy fire.

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Tracy, can you give more details and add a pic of your stove?  Candles give off heat?  How big are the candles and how long do they last?  Interesting!

We raise quarter horses and have 1 German shepherd, 3 poms and some barn cats.  Chickens: FBC Marans, and Silkies.

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We raise quarter horses and have 1 German shepherd, 3 poms and some barn cats.  Chickens: FBC Marans, and Silkies.

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#1  Your chickens don't need supplemental heat.  #2 candles, heaters, heat lamps, etc. can ignite the shavings, feathers, dust and dirt in the coop.  #3 let your chickens be chickens--they're built for cold weather, allow them to get used to it and they will be fine.   What next, knitting them little sweaters and booties?  Come on people.sickbyc

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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post #6 of 34

I just wanted to hear about the stove.  Never heard of anything like that!
I do use a flat panel heater in mine because it can get to 40 below F. here in Dec and Jan and all the people around here that have chickens seem to add heat of some kind or another.  I think the flat panel is the safest I've heard of so far.  We've had the power go off and things went alright until it came on again.  I suppose because the coop is insulated, it retained the heat to a point.
I think up here they do need supplemental heat.  At least I do when I'm working in the coop! It's either the heat or the little sweaters and I can't knit.  big_smile

We raise quarter horses and have 1 German shepherd, 3 poms and some barn cats.  Chickens: FBC Marans, and Silkies.

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We raise quarter horses and have 1 German shepherd, 3 poms and some barn cats.  Chickens: FBC Marans, and Silkies.

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post #7 of 34

I have used a red light since I got my first.  Ive had no problems with it and it doesnt keep them up.  It is a heat lamp bulb not just a red bulb.  I have it securely fastened near the roost so it doesnt touch them and it wont fall into the shavings.  I only turn it on when the temps go below 25*. I think they would be ok if I didnt have it but are a little better with it.

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post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by woodmort 

#1  Your chickens don't need supplemental heat.  #2 candles, heaters, heat lamps, etc. can ignite the shavings, feathers, dust and dirt in the coop.  #3 let your chickens be chickens--they're built for cold weather, allow them to get used to it and they will be fine.   What next, knitting them little sweaters and booties?  Come on people.sickbyc


I've got to agree - 100%! If a sparrow can exist all winter without any heat or shelter - a chicken can do the same - with a shelter. It has (on rare occasions) dropped to -30 here, and without any heat - I have never lost a chicken to the cold. All I've ever lost is a few points on the combs of larger combed breeds, like leghorns.


Edited by BCBrian - 9/20/10 at 6:10pm
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Originally Posted by woodmort 

#1  Your chickens don't need supplemental heat.  #2 candles, heaters, heat lamps, etc. can ignite the shavings, feathers, dust and dirt in the coop.  #3 let your chickens be chickens--they're built for cold weather, allow them to get used to it and they will be fine.   What next, knitting them little sweaters and booties?  Come on people.sickbyc


I wholeheartedly agree.  Yes, we don't have the roughest of winters here in SW Arkansas, but it does get into the teens and rarely below that.  Lots of precipitation, mainly in the form of ice and freezing rain.  My chickens deal with it just fine. 
You are doing them more harm than good, REALLY.  Let them get used to a warm comfy coop and have a power failure and you'll end up with sick birds, almost certainly.
ETA:  There are very few backyard chicken keepers where I live, because commercial chicken farms are prevelant.  I do know of one other person that keeps backyard birds and they not only don't heat their coop, their birds don't even HAVE a coop.  They are in a large totally enclosed pen, with a small windbreak and nestboxes.  I'm not saying to raise chickens like that or anything, but if birds can survive that and do well, then....


Edited by gritsar - 9/20/10 at 6:18pm

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #10 of 34

These work good!
Ceramic bulb, gives no light but heat and screws into a brooder lamp holder.

I don't try and heat the coop but like to offer a little something..  I use just the 60W above the roosts.  Only one per 7 foot of roost space.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=reptile+ceramic+heater&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=3402674717&ref=pd_sl_22norlb4yz_b


Sure chickens can survive the cold... But I want eggs too in winter..wink

Yes it gets cold and stays cold in Northern Wisconsin.

ON


Edited by Organics North - 9/20/10 at 7:40pm
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"Nothing is lost, nothing is created ... all is transformed. Nothing is the prey of death. All is the prey of life."-- Antoine Béchamp

The "blues"  Ameraucana and Marans
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