Originally Posted by lvchicken
Originally Posted by midwestchickenwrangler
My silkies did just fine. I had 3 in a small outside coop over the winter and all did well. I don't use a heat lamp because the first winter I had chickens, some got frostbite on their combs.
So does using a heat lamp cause more frostbite than without it?
It can cause things to be a bit more....moist-er?...which can lead to frostbite.
Really, a chicken - any chicken - is better off being allowed to naturally acclimate to their enviroment and that includes the weather. Hang a heat lamp (or run an A/C, same diff.) and have a power outage and your chickens are not going to be equipped to handle the cold and/or heat. They have a nice down jacket to wear when not kept under artificial conditions. Mother Nature knows what shes doing.