Cozy coop heater good or bad?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Starkominski, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. Starkominski

    Starkominski Just Hatched

    May 26, 2017
    Hi everyone this is going to be my first winter in Connecticut with 6 beautiful ladies, and I'm looking at ways to winterize my coop and run. I know I do not want to use a heat lamp . But I have come across this option of the cozy coop heater and wonder if it would work just to put in the coop area where they sleep.
    I have all very big birds that should be perfectly ok in the winter but I was just looking for something that they could cozy up to on those -10 degree nights. If anyone has had any experience with these heaters I'd love to hear about it.
    Thanks Kristin
  2. Lamaremybabies

    Lamaremybabies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2015
    New England
    Hi Kristin,

    I too live in Connecticut, and I've never used heat for my birds in the winter. It gets cold but believe me they can more then handle it. As long as your coop is dry and properly ventilated no heat is needed. Chickens have two layers of feathers to keep warm and if their feet get chilled they sit on them and they're fine. To help keep extra warm I give my birds whole corn kernels because it takes extra energy to digest which produces extra body heat. That is also why you shouldn't give whole corn in warmer months.
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Healthy, fully feathered chickens are very well suited for temperatures below zero provided appropriate shelter from direct drafts/wind/wet
  4. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member Project Manager

    Nov 7, 2015
    Southwestern MB, Canada
    I second the posts above. I live in Canada...and I don't provide heat in the winter either. If you lost power for an extended amount of time...that could prove disastrous for your girls as they won't be acclimatized.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! What you need to have is a heated base for your waterer, or something else that keeps their water from freezing. Mary
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC @Starkominski!

    Ditto on the all 'no heat needed' posts.

    Good ventilation, with no strong(feather ruffling) drafts on roost area, is way more concerning than heat. First winter can be nerve racking, until you learn just how well they do in their down coats.

    Ditto too on the need for heating the waterer, this is what I use:

    Post pics of your coop and run if you want some help getting things ready for winter.
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    The safest and best heat source for you chickens is an extra feeder filled with whole corn. I have been raising birds for decades and have 67 trips around the sun. My birds are subject to -40ยบ temperatures with no heat or light.

    Extra TLC should be given to those birds at the lower end of the pecking order or those who may not be adjusting well to the new diet. That being said your flock should flourish and do just fine.
    If for these reasons you may have to provide a temporary heat source if using heat lamps make sure they are anchored by TWO SUPPORTS one being a safety chain.

    Secondly if you find it necessary to run and extension cord make sure your outlet providing power is a Ground Fault Outlet. It seem like every year one of our members loose there coop to fire that these two safe guards may have prevented.


    Hope this helps.
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