ceramic heat emmitter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by puddinbabe, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2007
    I want to place a ceramic heat emmitter in my coop to raise the temp a bit on cold nights. The only problem is that the birds sit on a perch that is about 18 inches below the ceiling. I'm a little worried that they might somehow burn themselves if I put it that close to them - they aren't the brightest girls. I can just see one of them trying to lick it or just get really close to it. I had an iguana for years who never had a problem with it being close, but she was a smart one. Anyone had problems with their flock around one of these?
  2. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    what state are you in? that might help someone give you the best info. i am right now looking for something to keep my pond still usable during the winter. good luck.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'll be interested in reading the replies too. I've been thinking of putting a ceramic heat bulb in my coop also. I'm going to have to move some chicks into the coop before they can go without heat. They'll be in their own little pen. I don't want the light from a heat lamp to mess my older chickens up.
  4. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2007
    I'm in GA, so it doesn't get really cold. But I have one girl who only has about half of her feathers. The ones on her butt are non-existant. And they only have a 3 walled coop so I thought a heat source would help.
  5. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Ceramic heat emitters get very very hot, so you need to put some sort of barrier around the bulb. I use a regular lamp guard, but made a chicken wire cover over that.

    They also radiate straight down so you don't get as wide a heat area as a regular bulb.

    Eighteen inches is not much head room for any heat lamp. Can you lower the roost some ?
  6. pmcres

    pmcres Hatching

    Jan 13, 2007
    Boston, MA
    we use a ceramic heat bulb... we hang it over the waterer, and use a thermocube with it ...

    we use it to keep the water from freezing and it also keeps the coop a little warmer.

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