Coop Heaters without electricity??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by twilightdawn801, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. twilightdawn801

    twilightdawn801 New Egg

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    Are there any heaters out there that don't require electricity? We don't have power to our coop--although it is pretty heavy duty it is not insulated and it is time for the girls to go outside...Thank you!
     
  2. Folly's place

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    Welcome! your birds will be fine, as long as they are out of the wind and weather, and well ventilated. But their water needs to be fresh and unfrozen, which is easiest to accomplish with electricity. And, fourteen hours of light for winter egg production will take electricity. I don't know about solar lights or heaters,. You can use the black rubber water dishes, and refill with water two or three times daily, during freezing weather. Maybe a long extension cord? Or bury an electric line to the coop? Mary
     
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  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I am subject to -40º weather l live in Canada think North Pole. I have been keeping chickens and birds for decades.

    Your best practice I find is to not be too concerned about winterizing or heating your coop to help your birds combat the cold.

    Predator proofing "ABSOLUTELY".

    Your efforts should be spent in winterizing your birds and letting them acclimatize to their surroundings.
    This is done by feeding them whole corn as an added supplement in a separate feeder.

    The extra nourishment is more then adequate to bring them through the
    "COLDEST" winter.

    Do keep an eye open for birds that maybe not be adapting well to the new menu and may be at the lower end of the pecking order they can sometimes run into problems and may need extra TLC.

    That being said in a perfect world the flock will flourish and do just fine .

    I do not add any extra heat or lighting.
    Egg production does slack off but I have more than enough eggs for the table all winter long (24 hens).

    Some people may disagree with my method but it has worked well for me and I am not about to change.

    I look at it in the same light as winterizing your car.

    You really do

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    have to winterize your car if you can keep it in a controlled environment at all times otherwise you are in for

    "MAJOR" problems.

    When it comes to lighting if you find you are short on eggs it does apparently help. I personally do not bother in my operation eggs are sold only to neighbours when they are available (if the sign is out I have eggs). Eggs in my operation have a tendency to crack and freeze during the winter months (we do not discard them and are fine but use them in house not for sale) the more eggs you produce during these months the more eggs will fall into this category.

    I have roughly 24 Golden Comet hens the longest I ever been out of eggs can be measured in hours >12<24. You will find that the egg supply in any hen is a finite resource the quicker you milk the eggs out of a hen the faster it will be spent and end up in your stew pot.

    On average one hen produces somewhere between 600 to 700 eggs in its life time. Lighting only effect the speed of delivery of the eggs which at the end of the day would amount to less than a year in the hens life is my guess

    If you do decide extra lighting is necessary have your light on a timer to lengthen the day "MAKE SURE IT IS SECURED BY 2 MEANS OF SUPPORT" one being a "SAFETY CHAIN" in case one fails especially if it is an incandescent bulb or heat lamp.

    I personally raise hens as a hobby; and for their manure to enrich my vegetable garden any thing else the hens provide is merely a bonus.

    Here is one BONUS NOW not many people can enjoy seeing in their back yard on a regular basis.

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    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.
    Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

    I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

    Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

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  4. twilightdawn801

    twilightdawn801 New Egg

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    Thank you so much this does indeed help--I am a new chicken owner and this will be our first winter with the girls! :)
     
  5. twilightdawn801

    twilightdawn801 New Egg

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    Wow this is awesome--thank you so much!!!! Very helpful--
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Heating your coop is a subject on this form that brings out a lot of varied opinions. There is no right answer. I only express what I feel comfortable with and works for me in my situation. There are a lot of BYCER's that do supplement heat to their coop for their own piece of mind. My suggestion is do what you think is best but do it safely chicken's and electricity can lead to fire if not done wisely.
     
  7. Folly's place

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    Your important issue is frozen water and how best to manage that. Mary
     
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  8. Hokum Coco

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    Frozen water can sometimes be addressed by adding a bit of sugar to your container (depending on how severe your climate is) I handle it by exchanging my rubber water buckets daily. There are many electrical devices that can solve that problem as well.

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