Coop heating in winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by keepntime, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. keepntime

    keepntime Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I get some pics or ideas for heating the coop for the chickens? I have a 250 infrared light in the now. Anything that can help or be better would be appreciated.
     
  2. MrBockBahhk

    MrBockBahhk Out Of The Brooder

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    I just simply mounted a "comfortable warmth" bulb in the highest back corner and leave it on all the time. It's low wattage and keeps the coop about 55-60 degrees plus[​IMG]
     
  3. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an eletric oil heater I found at lowe's. It works grate for my brooders. i only use 1 burner and turn it on a lower setting on warmer nights, and turn it up on cold nights. It is cheaper to operate than the 250 heat bulds. The only problem was it's tall, and I had to make some adjustments to my coop. I fixed my floor with a drop box around it with the 3/4 of it exposed in the coop. It works best of my 3 brooders. It kicks on and off to what temp you set it.

    I also use one on my month old chicks on the ground in my barn until they feather grow out at 6-8 weeks. After 2 months of age, I would only apply heat if it's below freezing . This one is under an 8x4 area that I built a shelve. A table would also be good to put the heater under, and cover it with plastic or a sheet. It has plastic over it that hangs inches above the ground. I cut some upside down v's from chickens to go in and out of heated area. it works grate also.
     
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  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You really do not need to heat a chicken coop, especially in Texas.

    There are people on this board in Canada and Alaska who do not heat their coops in winter.
     
  5. keepntime

    keepntime Out Of The Brooder

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    Just checking. This is my first winter coming up in Texas with chickens. Gotta protect my girls.
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is my set up.

    It is not my first "Rodeo!"

    Heat???
    Nobody "I know" heats a chicken coop.
    Healthy "cold hearty" chickens die from heat not cold.
    I live in Canada last year was subject to -40º (C or F take your pick) no light or heat in coop NO PROBLEMS. You have to feed heavier during cold snaps with extra corn I find.
    Chickens have been raised on this continent for over a hundred years without heat.
    If you feel you must supply heat to your chickens I suggest keeping your chickens in the house that way you can huddle with your birds when the hydro goes out.

    Acclimatize
    Chickens will die from cold if not given the chance to acclimatize. Hydro is more apt to go out in an ice storm or blizzard when subject to below 0º temperatures in my opinion.

    How would you supply heat then to your un-acclimatized birds ???

    Diary of last winter cold snap check out the link:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/738994/chickens-arctic-conditions-prolonged-period

    Watering
    For along time I used heater tape around a bucket with chicken watering nipples. It worked excellent. However me being me I neglected to change the water as often as I should.

    Last year I switched to white rubber contains the wife found somewhere. The freeze solid every night but the ice just pops out of them in the morning and I replenish them with fresh warm water. They have black ones at the feed store that are similar but large than mine.

    The chickens congregate around them like people having their morning coffee. The only draw back is my yard is pepper with small ice bergs the size of the buckets.

    April looks after that however..

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    My Coop is a salvaged 4x8 metal shed here are a few tips and a quick look at my set up.
    My floor are planks with a layer of tin for rodent proofing. On top of the tin I have a piece of vinyl flooring cut one foot longer than the length and width of my coop (roughly). Six inches squares are cut out of the 4 corners of the vinyl flooring. This allows the friction fitted flooring to travel up the walls six inches around the perimeter of my 4x8 salvaged metal coop. Shovel out the heavy stuff into a wheel barrow. Pop out the vinyl flooring hose it off pop it back in.
    Easy Peasy!

    Bedding
    I have used all types of litter for coops.

    I have not tried sand (sand gets good reviews on this site).

    Of all the things I tried to date wood pellets have been the best. (I tried wood pellets as a last resort when pine shavings were not available.) They are super absorbent and swell up and eventually turn to saw dust. The droppings just seem to vanish and turn to dust when it comes in contact with wood pellets .

    Replace my litter and clean my coop every October after I harvest my garden.


    Works for me in my deep litter method.

    I do add to pellets from time to time.

    I have anywhere from 10 to 15 birds housed in my 4x8 coop.

    Through the winter months the pellets froze harder than concrete with -40º temperatures. The poop froze before it could be absorbed by the pellets and there was like a crusty layer of poop in certain areas where they collectively took aim (no smell, messy feet or flies @ -40º). Come April things started to look after themselves.

    POOP BOARDS are the "BEST" addition yet. Handles well over ½ of the poop in my set up keeps ammonia smell in check 3½" below roost excellent for catching eggs laid through the night (roost are in cups for easier removal and cleaning). I recently friction fit a piece of vinyl flooring over my poop board.it makes clean up even easier; Pop out; Scrap; Hose; Pop in.

    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.

    Easy peasy!.


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    I house an assortment of birds in this baby barn (¼ inch veneer plywood between birds and elements) no heat no light no problems.
     
  7. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't believe people in Texas, or Louisiana are worried about their chickens getting cold. 250W?? You are just needlessly running up your electric bill. Get that thing out of there.
     
  8. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed or breeds are your chickens, and how old are they?
     

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