Electricity suggestions in Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by irlybird, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. irlybird

    irlybird In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2019
    Good Morning,

    We are new to BYC and in the middle of building our 8x10 coop with a 10x16ft covered run.

    Just wondering what type of electricity outlets everyone installs in their coop.

    We will have the chicks brooder in the coop (section off an area) and I'm thinking of using a Premier Heat Plate or Brinsea EcoGlow. So we will have one plug outlet. Do you usually also wire a ceiling light?

    I don't want to add things that will just be a pain in the end for cleaning etc. or for danger (chicks pecking at outlets or wires etc. (no wires will be accessible to them).
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  2. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

    Mar 18, 2017
    Alberta, Canada
    I always do a regular outlet, anywhere from halfway up the wall to right up at the ceiling. I have cut the end off a cord both times and wired it straight to the switch. As long as it's too high for the chickens to reach it will be very easy to clean. :)
  3. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

    Mar 18, 2017
    Alberta, Canada

    This one is around 4" from the ceiling of the coop.
  4. Naser

    Naser Songster

    Oct 29, 2014
    Welcome to BYC
    I use outdoor double socket with an outdoor timer on one of them, when I hatch in early spring I use outdoor LED light to extend the feeding time for the chicks, Less risk of fire with LED light.
    I use this one , It is good, but I haven't used others so I can't compare it with other brands.
    I don't use light to increase egg production
  5. Fairview01

    Fairview01 Songster

    Jan 26, 2017
    Dallas, TX
    200' extension cord from the storage shed.
  6. Jbum

    Jbum Songster

    Apr 10, 2019
    Mid Michigan
    I’m going to set up Solar. Harbor Freight has a package deal for a 100 watt system. ($150.00) That will be plenty to run a light and a heater to their water come next winter. But as far as a plug you could always use a standard outside cover as well to help protect it/them.

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