Handwarmers in coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fushalilly, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
    Has anyone ever put those "hot-hands" hand warmers int hee coop boxes for heat?! We dont have any heat and its -8 degrees in there. Would it be ok for me to put one of the hand warmers in a small tiny canvas purse (so they cant peck at the chemica;s) into the coop betneath some hay?

    Is that a fire hazard?
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I don't think it would be a fire hazard, but I also don't think they would do much good either. We use them for doing cattle chores and they don't put out enough heat to help in a coop.
  3. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008

    I guess it depends on how big the coop is. If it is a small dog house it my help. Can you run extension cord for a 150 watt light over perch ?
  4. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    they dont put off enough heat and they require oxygen in order to produce what little heat they do put off.

    They are good, however, if you are out of power and need to keep eggs warm for incubation - or so I've heard [​IMG]
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I've used them with chicks -- including the day olds that arrived today and were nearly frozen when I picked them up. They do get extremely hot to the touch, so I keep them wrapped in something (it also keeps the chicks from pecking them open). I've got 2 in the brooder right now as the chicks continue to warm up, but it looks like I finally have enough heat coming from the lamps so they aren't hanging out as close to the warmers as they were.

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