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cold months...heat the coop or just do supplemental light?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brghtii, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. brghtii

    brghtii Out Of The Brooder

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    I am trying to figure out what to do with my chickens. I have two coops, one is a walk in and the other is a 4X4 box like thing. The smaller one would be hard to use a light in for heat or lighting. I live in Utah and it has gotten down to 20 (as of 7am) one morning. I have no clue if it was colder in the night. It will get colder in the coming months. THis is my first winter with chickens so I am learning. I know they will eat more in the cold to stay warm but should I put a lamp in the bigger one for warmth? If so what kind? A red heat lamp or just a normal bulb? Should I do both but one on a timer for light?

    Any cold weather chicken owners out there? BTW, my coops are NOT insulated.
     
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    brghtii Out Of The Brooder

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    yay!!!!!!!!!!! My life has just become so much easier!!! I really need to learn how to use this site better. [​IMG]

    THANK YOU!!!!
     
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    Judy the larger coop is 6X6. I don't think that is big enough for 20 chickens. Both ends have a 4X4 run, so it has openings on both ends. It used to be partitioned in the middle bu I removed that this summer. I was thinking of closing part of on of the little doors out to limit the cross wind. Most of my wind comes from a different direction though.
     

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