I've heard and read that chickens don't need heat lamps. I understand the "hardening" process. While I feel bad because it's cold out, I need advice. I'm not sure if I'm helping or hendering. I'm about 20 min away from topsail beach and it's about 30 degrees right now. I went out to turn on the lamp and my big hen is on the roost by herself while the 3 bantams are in the nesting area all huddled up. soon as I turned it on, the hen got down and started eating. Now my coop is not fancy at all. 5'x3' with one end simply closed in with ply wood with and opening that goes to the other side that is only closed in with wire. This is where the roost is. This is not permenant but will have to do until the tax check comes back So do I give them the lamp or no? I just went and looked again. now they are all up and walking around and eating. I work during the day so I'm trying to figure all this out with my schedule. What do ya'll think?