Heat for the winter???

JoeQ

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Does anyone add heat of any kind during the winter months, I'm in the northeast and our winters get ugly, I plan on covering the coop with the exception of the doors so they get fresh air, they have a box that is connected to the coop that they go in and was wondering if a ceramic heater or some other source was necessary, if not necessary perhaps it would make them more comfortable. any insight would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!!!!
 

007Sean

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I wouldn't add heat. Just keep them dry and drafts off of them, they should be fine. You could put extra hay/straw in their pen/cage for them to bury up in if they choose.
 

WILIFORD

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I have never actually done this, but my grandfather was a farmer in Oklahoma. He would feed cayenne pepper to the turkeys and chickens in the winter to keep them from freezing. I can say I use to take cayenne pepper in the winter when I had a job where I was exposed to the weather and It did keep me a lot warmer.
 

cmom

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My brother lives in northern Michigan and when it gets in the teens and lower they have a heat lamp they hang where it's not close to anything that can catch fire and their birds do hang out under it at night.
 

MissChick@dee

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I have never actually done this, but my grandfather was a farmer in Oklahoma. He would feed cayenne pepper to the turkeys and chickens in the winter to keep them from freezing. I can say I use to take cayenne pepper in the winter when I had a job where I was exposed to the weather and It did keep me a lot warmer.
I don’t know if cayenne keeps them warmer or not. I do know it will make their yolks a deeper color of orange. ;)
 

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