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  1. ScoopTheCoop

    ScoopTheCoop Just Hatched

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    Hey everyone. My current coop has 2 windows at the front by the door. They provide decent amount of lighting but I'm pretty sure I'll need more. I also have one heat lamp hanging in the coop but that's only for cold conditions. Any ideas on what to do for lighting? Preferably easy DIY ideas, nothing to expensive.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    First of all, are they going to be kept in the coop 24/7? If they get to go outside, than you don't need extra lighting in the coop. Second, how cold do you consider cold conditions? Chickens can tolerate sub zero conditions very well, provided the copp is properly ventilated and dry. If the coop is closed in enough to keep the heat from the heat lamp in, it isn't vented enough. After all, the point of ventilation is to move air out of the coop. Any air warmed by the heat lamp would be expelled as well, providing next to no benefit to the flock. A well ventilated coop is much more important than a warm coop.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  4. ScoopTheCoop

    ScoopTheCoop Just Hatched

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    Yes my hens will be in the coop 24/7 during the winter. It gets way to cold here to let them in and out. Last winter we went as cold as -40. Could I replace my heat lamp bulb with a Brighter bulb? What are some ways to have a ventilated coop?
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Honestly, I'd let them choose to go out. They are a lot hardier than most think. As for ventilation, check out the woods coop thread. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1009681/woods-fresh-air-poultry-house
     
  6. ScoopTheCoop

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    Sounds good! Thanks!
     

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