1. jcbroadhead

    jcbroadhead New Egg

    Feb 28, 2011
    My hens don't like the light from the heat lamp. Looking for a east reliable heat sorce.

    Any help/ideas are appreciated
  2. discoveregg

    discoveregg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Northern Idaho
    I've read in other posts that folks are using tape with wiring in it for hatcher warmth. Maybe this will work? [​IMG] It's originally designed for reptile tanks.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  3. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    If your chickens are grown, get rid of any added heat source, because they don't need it anyway.
  4. chicken grandma

    chicken grandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    west michigan
    Heat lamps come in a 'red bulb' that does not irritate them as much.
    Pet stores may have options on light bulbs for reptiles that do not give off light but give off heat.
    There are some chicken coop warming devices that are ceramic and the chickens can sit next to them or not. They are safe and no light issues.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  5. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Adult chickens don't need a heater. They've been living in the cold for thousands of years just fine. They will be ok, the feathers keep them warm.
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Quote:The ceramic bulbs that they sell for reptiles get very hot and can start fires easily. You might be thinking of those flat panel heaters.
  7. pacific23

    pacific23 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 25, 2011
    Whitesboro , TX
    Quote:How cold can they take it ? 0*, 32* ??? before heat is needed .
  8. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    I live in New England and my chickens had no problems with a few degrees below zero last winter, no heat.
  9. How about -30 to -40, with a -50 to -60 windchill, still think they can handle it, the coop would be -20 for sure in that weather, a real pain, for both chicken and owners.
    I have read a fair bit on this topic, and live ina super cold climate, not just 0 a few times,heck 0 is a nice January day. I really think folks that live in warmer climates or even more temperate areas, have no idea how cold it can get in place like where I live.
    Having said all this, my parents and grandparents raised chickens without heat or insulated coops, but the birds did not like the super cold, survived, but maybe had shorter lives because of it.
    Yes dry, well vented is superior, but bitter nasty cold is a bugger too deal with, any of you ever drive a car/truck at -40, you hope and pray you don't break down, exhaust fog at every stop light, and very stiff suspension, things break easy at those temps.....RR
  10. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Just a thought...
    I have seen ceramic heat bulbs that work in the existing sockets used for the red and clear bulbs. Not sure on reliability.
    Perhaps an oil heater? They do not get as hot and are a sealed unit rather like a radiant heater for old homes.
    I have 2 just in case we get below 0 here and I am in Colorado.
    I may not need it but feel better having them even if we do not get that cold.


    The ceramic bulb style is lower down on the page.

    Personally I feel safer with....


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