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alternatives to heat lamp: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...
I did do this last night, picked up some cracked corn at the mill a little while ago in anticipation of cold temps.alternatives to heat lamp:
1) make sure there are no drafts. Very strong gusty winds can create drafts in normally not drafty coop.
2) feed them corn before sleep for extra energy
we only have had -10C nights so far but with nasty winds, everybody is fine
that's a pretty big difference. how many birds do you have and how big is your coop (or do you have your coop page)?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.