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Thanks JodyJo, I'll turn the lamp off for now.  Do you use a heated bowl for water?

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I have had -29* here in Colorado...I add NO heat...you truly don't need to...I know its hard to adjust to knowing your girls are in the cold, but as long as they are out of the wind, and have food and water, they need NO heat....I don't use a light either, I want them to have a break and already lost one to egg bound, don't want to deal with this in the winter.



I don't know that I'd just 'turn it off'.  If you decide to go with out the lamp, I think I'd go with a much smaller wattage bulb for a week or two first.  A sudden 40 degree drop to deal with won't be pleasant, down coat or not.


I have to agree here, now they will have to be weaned off the added heat...keep us posted on how they do!

Live in Colorado....1 Calif. white, 2 Australorp, 3 Barred Rock, 1 Gold Comet, 2 Black Sex link, 3 EE pullets, 1 Golden Duckwing roo, 1 EE/Old English Game mix roo,1 silkie/cochin mix, & 1 Production  red
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Live in Colorado....1 Calif. white, 2 Australorp, 3 Barred Rock, 1 Gold Comet, 2 Black Sex link, 3 EE pullets, 1 Golden Duckwing roo, 1 EE/Old English Game mix roo,1 silkie/cochin mix, & 1 Production  red
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I've been watching the temperature and everything is going great.  The girls seem happy and the eggs have dropped off from 3-5 eggs a day to 1-2.  Outside temperature has warmed up a little so the transition has been gradual.  If it drops down to -15 below I'll probably add a space heater instead of the lamp.  Thanks for all the advice.

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