Have to make a decision - to heat or not to heat

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gritsar, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Our low tonight is suppose to be around 8, tomorrow night around 12. It's extremely windy.
    DH says we can hook up a heat lamp to help the flock cope. I feel like they've done well thus far. This is their second winter. They played outside in ice storms last year.
    They're outside right now and it's 28 with 20 MPH winds. They have the choice of going back in the coop, but choose to stay out.
    In their draft-free coop I think they'll be okay with adding heat, but DH has me doubting myself.
    I'm not sure what to do. [​IMG]
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Yours will probably be fine.

    I went out to check and it looked like my youngsters were suffering, so they got a light. I'm scooping as many baby feathers out of their coop as poop, so I guess the mini-molt has them caught in the winter without much down insulation.
  3. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Personaly? I would not add the heat. They should be fine in a draft free coop....its the wet and the drafts that gets to them, not the cold so much. If they are very young or molting etc then yes a lamp, but full grown adults huddle together and put off a lot of heat! They probably won't even really notice the cold much.

    I think they would be fine...just take them out warm water in the am if its frozen, and a hot breakfast etc and they will be happy to see you [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010
  4. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    If it isn't too much trouble I would add the heat. It got down to 18 last night so I put mine on. I figure that the only thing it will hurt is the power bill and as long as it isn't too often it sure makes me sleep better at night knowing everyone is fine.
  5. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    I add the heat. Just because they can survive something doesn't mean it's comfortable for them. I do what I can for their comfort. I'm sure the chickens would appreciate the heat.
  6. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    If your waterer is under a light bulb or heated in some way to keep it from freezing and the coop is draft free, and lots of litter on the floor then they will be fine. It is what makes you comfortable. I am not allowing mine out of the coop since they won't go out into the snow anyway so with temps @ 8 degrees at the moment I keep mine inside but I keep the lights on so they know it is daytime. I hate keeping them enclosed but want them out of the drafts of this wind. Wind chill will be down to -25 tonight so I might leave the lights on....not sure as yet.
  7. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    It's much colder here than where you are, but I added 2 heat lamps (250 w bulbs, red) after my big roo got frostbite. I wish I had done it sooner.
  8. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    I am debating the same mess. We have frigid temps, and snow due tonight, which is not normal for where we are. I went out this morning, we have been on the farm for 8 years in april, this is the first time I have ever seen the pond with ice. But, it is what it is, and I do not believe I will be heating the coops. I have two, and a flock that go to the barn to roost. I do think I will move my breeding pair of leghorns into my brooder box, but everyone else can get in and out by choice, and I can't heat everyone anyway. So, I would go with no, but thats just me. Do bring Jax in though- ole' Bear can't handle the cold.
  9. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    At that temp I haven't been; I will be this weekend with a predicted low of 3 (meaning that, since we have a low-temp microclimate in our yard, -5 is likely).

    If you do, I'd suggest just a 60 or 100W bulb, though. No need for a chicken sauna [​IMG] You just want to get them up to the temperature that they're OK with!
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Jax lives in the house, as will the new pup. He's been bugging me to go out every five minutes to play, but I'm limiting his outside time to half an hour at a time.

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