At what temp. should I put a heat lamp in my coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Willow's Meadow, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Songster

    Apr 16, 2010
    I have 13 6 month old Buff Orpingtons and Brahmas and its been in the mid 30s and high 20s the past few days.......with lots and lots of snow!!!!! Should I wait till it gets in the teens to put a heat lamp in there.....or below zero????? What temp. do you put a heat lamp in your coop???

  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I dont ever heat my coop as long as they are fully feathered birds.

    Juveniles get heat only when its teens and lower for more that 2 days in a row.
  3. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    Never. Heating can, by far, cause more problems than it can avert. Unless your chickens require heat to survive, I wouldn't recommend it. And your's shouldn't. Buff Orps and Brahmas are both winter hardy breeds.
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    30 below. 20 to 30 above is beach weather for my birds--as long as there is no snow, that sticks to their feet and they don't like it.
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    You don't need to.

  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I don't heat my coops, either. The only birds who get any heat are special needs types, like my crippled rooster, Zane, who has no breast meat and can't snuggle with any other birds, or my five-year-old BR, Lexie, who has seriously gnarly arthritic feet and the cold is torturous for her. If many are really bare from molting, I can see adding a "heat station" for them to get under in one corner or something, but a fully feathered healthy adult chicken shouldn't need any heat. Feathers are fabulous insulation!
  7. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    You don't have to add artificial heat and if you are getting consistent egg numbers, there is really no need. That being said, I use a 150 watt heat bulb on a thermostat. It comes on below 35 degrees and helps to keep my egg production consistent.
  8. nanawendy

    nanawendy Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    I yield to the experts above... But I have to admit, I put on the 125w red heat lamp @ night when it was -4 and 65mph gusts.
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Your brahmas are loving the cold weather, trust me. My brahmas have been out in ice storms, with wicked winds, thoroughly enjoying themselves.

  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Brahmas are made for cold weather--mine do very, very well. They have just enough leg feathers to provide some minor warmth, pea combs that don't frostbite easily and are chunky, loosely feathered girls. [​IMG]

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