Do Alaskans put heaters in their coops?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Mahonri, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
  2. Arctichicken

    Arctichicken Songster

    May 6, 2008
    Tasmania, Australia
    yes, mainly when the weather gets cold. I don't think everyone does it in the summer (unless it's for the babies).
  3. Leslie In North Pole

    Leslie In North Pole Songster

    Mar 7, 2007
    North Pole, AK
    A lot of people use heat lamps up here.

    I don't. I built my coop like my house, capable of handling -60, I even insulated the floor. The only power I use in my coop is two 15watt energy efficient bulbs for light (we can less then 4 hours of day light in December in my area) and two bathroom fans to blow out extra moister, when needed. My coop is a little crowded in the winter but with lots of clean bedding, my birds did well last winter and their water never froze.

    I have found that the initial investment in building my coop with decent materials and insulating the walls, ceiling, and floor with quality materials has paid off with how much we save on electricity and the birds seem happier for it. My turkey started laying at the beginning of January and our muscovies and pheasant started at -40 in February.

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