Heat Lamp on All Night?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JacobMaxwell, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lately it has been extremely cold and I've had to leave the heat lamp on all night. It is a 175W red lamp that I've read wont keep them up. I checked the weather, and it is going to warm up temporarily soon. I'm not sure wether or not I should start turning the light off at night, considering I'll have to leave it on all night when the weather gets cold again. I don't want to change their system, causing stress, just to have to change it back again. Should I just always turn the light off at night and bring the water in? It seems like a hassel. [​IMG]
     
  2. Vamvakas

    Vamvakas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are these chicks or adult chickens?
     
  3. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Six hens. All more than a year old.
     
  4. Vamvakas

    Vamvakas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in CT and there's over 3' of snow here and my chickens are doing fine (half my flock are Naked Necks also). I never put heat lamps for adult chickens during the winter nights here and never lost any. But the trick is to have smaller/mid size coops with not a lot of draft going inside, if the cool wind isn't hitting them your fine.
     
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  5. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't have a lamp it it wasn't for the fact that the water freezes in five minutes without it (that is if we're not in the middle of a warm spell).
     
  6. Vamvakas

    Vamvakas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I am dealing with a blizzard so my chickens just eat the snow for water so I don't need to worry about water for awhile. If it's just cold with no snow then use the lamp so the water don't freeze.
     

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