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In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 3, 2014
When should I turn a heat lamp on for my birds? Here where I live low was 45 at night should I have a heat lamp on? Cover up vents in coop? Or let them be till its closer to freezing. Im new to all this. Thanks.


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Nov 23, 2010
St. Louis, MO
The answer to both questions is NEVER!!!

Especially never limit ventilation.
Chickens die from bad air and heat but not from cold.

Chickens evolved from jungle fowl that ranged up into the Himalayan foothills. Since then, they've spread around the globe and were developed into breeds in all climates - with no heat.

I would be willing to bet that your breeds were developed in New England, England, Continental Europe or colder regions of Asia. What breeds do you have?

They aren't tropical cage birds, they're outdoor birds that can handle an incredible range of temperatures as long as they have good ventilation. The only reason for a coop is predator protection. Protection from rain is good too but not absolutely essential. They're pretty tough.
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