-23C. Put on heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by loracarroll, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. loracarroll

    loracarroll In the Brooder

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    It’s -23C tonight. My coop is not insulated. It is well vented, and has lots of wood chips and straw. Should I put the heat lamp on? I’m nervous about it being a fire hazard, but am equally nervous about it being too cold for my birds...
     
  2. Compost King

    Compost King Free Ranging

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    I use a heat lamp when it gets down below -7 c (had to use a conversion table) which it rarely does here. I am not sure when its absolutely needed, what breeds do you have?
     
  3. loracarroll

    loracarroll In the Brooder

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    Thank you for taking the time to reply. I have five Ameraucana hens and five guinea fowl.
     
  4. Compost King

    Compost King Free Ranging

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    I am not an expert on Chickens in temps that cold so I wish someone else would make suggestions but I would get a heat lamp in there. I know nothing about how cold hardy Guineas are but Ameraucanas have a small comb and that helps when temps get bitter cold.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    That's a really hard call to make over the internet.
    If you're going to use some heat, a flat panel heater would be much safer than heat lamp...tho might depend on size of coop and how you install lamp.
    Oh, I see you don't have a tiny coop, good space for 5 birds, so that's good:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/cold-snaps-coop-too-small.1281689/
    ETA: just realized you have 10 birds in there.....tight space.

    I can't give any real advice, as we are not that cold here, sustained temps that low may indeed need some heat. Might ask here too:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/canadians-check-in-here.144/page-450
     
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  6. We both had similar temps overnight. I did buy an acurite wireless thermometer, the sensor hangs up near where they roost. The overnight temps got down to -5°F, with wicked winds giving us a wind chill of -20°F. The coop stayed around 20°F with no heat- just their body heat. The coop is vented well, and slightly insulated. Once their auto door opened this morning, it dropped to 14°F. I haven't turned on any heat in the coop, but once we get any colder, I may. My friend not far got through -27°F for 3 weeks last year no heat..... chickens did ok.

    They were a little slow this morning, and I served them warm oatmeal which really helps. Biggest thing is frost bite on their combs & waddles and their feet. Your roost should be wide enough to allow them to be able to cover their feet with their bodies.

    Keep us posted
     
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  7. Cluckerzfamilyfarm

    Cluckerzfamilyfarm Songster

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    Breeds are a huge factor. And if you use heat lamps you run risk of the birds losing control over their own body heat. Chickens are very good at keeping warm as their body temperature is much higher then that of a humans. So what is very cold to us may just be a chilly breeze to the birds. They can regulate their own body heat very well. I would only use a heat lamp if you notice your birds huddled up all day/most of the day. They will huddle to get warm but shouldnt be for long periods at a time. I hope this helps. And this is just my personal experience opinion
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I run heat after -10C. I definitely run heat at -23C. I'm also in Canada and brrrr..It gets cold.
     
  9. What kind of heat do you run?
     
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  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I have a heat lamp hung on chain with zip ties to secure it. It's in a porcelain lamp with a cage to cover the bulb.
     

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