Originally Posted by RooBeeC
I wonder if a heating pad like this would help with a chicken coop in the winter for grown chickens. Putting a heating lamp in the coop makes me cringe. I live in Wisconsin, so it can get pretty cold and I want to provide them with some sort of warmth on the very cold days.
I agree. Life is exponentially easier if you obtain breeds that do well in your climate and then you let them do it on their own. Those that do well, you breed those for more of the same. Then you never have to worry about babying animals through the winter or summer, etc.
Same goes for all aspects of their health....chickens have survived since the beginning of time on their own and our interference into their lives usually results in a weaker animal. Good shelter from the winds, healthy footing, sun, fresh air, good food and fresh water is all they really need and if a person keeps to those basics, all the seemingly hard aspects of keeping livestock alive just melt away. They stay naturally healthy and your life is easier because of it.