Heat lamp/coop heat

Valormitch

In the Brooder
May 24, 2021
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Hi all,

I living a suburb of Chicago where the temperatures can get to -20°. At what temperature do I want to turn a heat lamp on for my chickens?

Thank you
 

bobbi-j

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On the MN prairie.
Hi all,

I living a suburb of Chicago where the temperatures can get to -20°. At what temperature do I want to turn a heat lamp on for my chickens?

Thank you
I live on the prairie of MN, where the temperatures can also get to -20. I don’t use a heat lamp or coop heater of any kind. A dry, draft free, well-ventilated coop is the best thing for them. As it cools down outside, your chickens begin acclimating to the cooler weather by growing a nice warm down coat. But they can’t take that coat off like you can. Think how uncomfortable that would be for you
 

roonster

Songster
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Jun 20, 2016
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I had backyard chickens in and near Chicago and never used heat. They were fine. One school of thought is heat kills chickens in the winter because inevitably you will lose heat at some point and the chickens will not be acclimatized. I'd give them shelter from snow and ice, and a nice coop with straw! in my opinion.
 

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