1. SniperGoose

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    So in the four years we've had our chickens, we've never bothered with heat lamps. Chickens have been totally fine, and no frost bite to speak of. Plus I've seen stories of coops burning down because of said heat lamps.

    But of course, my father took the advice of some lady who always heats her coop in the winter, and got a heat lamp today when he was out. I know his intentions were good and all, but our central PA winters are increasingly mild...plus our coop is sealed up for the winter with proper ventilation and is draft-free. The girls are totally fine! Now if we lived in Canada or something, and it was below 0...then maybe? But uh...we don't need one. At all. I told him that they didn't need one and explained to him that heat lamps can cause fires and all. Just because one lady at the hardware store told you she uses one for her coop, why does that mean we NEED one??? If she wants to burn down her coop, then fine, but I don't want that happening to my coop. He refused to return it, got pissed off, and said "I'll just hook it up myself then"

    Yeah no, I'm gonna take it out every time you put it in there. The girls have been fine all these years. No frostbite at all. I'm honestly a bit angry about him not even bothering to listen to me about the dangers of it and how they really don't need it! I realize in some locations, people use them because the weather is actually really cold in the winter! But it hasn't been cold enough here to warrant using a heat lamp.
    This isn't even the first time he's done something stupid with MY animals though. He is constantly trying to feed my chickens all types of food that they shouldn't have, harassing my geese, giving them extremely long pieces of grass without even bothering to trim it into smaller pieces first...etc. Even when I tell him not to and give him an explanation as to why not, he doesn't even listen and keeps doing it.. Like please leave my animals alone! You're gonna kill them! :mad: They are legally mine. I paid for them all. I take care of my animals the right way, and they are happy with that. Stop interfering with them dude.
     
  2. Venting are we??? Yes they are yours, he could say my yard/house equals my rules. Ok that's just fighting words no point and won't get you any where. How about you talk to him and say. Ok dad we have had them now for 4 years with no issues so why the sudden change of needing heat? If you feel they really need heat how about we do it the responsible way and get something that is less likely to burn the coop down. How about we get a cozy coop heater? It will meet your needs of giving them some heat and meet my needs of not burning the place down. Win win for both of us.
    A nice little radiant heater some place for them won't hurt and it will make your dad happy. After all he did wipe your butt for a few years so try and work with him. Hope things work out for you !! :fl
     
  3. SniperGoose

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    I tried calmly talking with him again about it. His reasoning was still "But that lady heats her coop!". We didn't fight about it but I brought up to him again that I've heard of so many cases of heat lamps burning down a coop. I'll have to pull a few articles on that up to show him later. I mean my girls would probably enjoy a little heat. But I just can't justify risking their lives over it. I'll mention the cozy coop heater to him too when I see him later.
    Well, I'm sure he and I will come to some sort of understanding over it eventually! Might take a bit, but we will lol. Thank you!
     
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  4. ChickenGal6

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    My dad does the same thing and I do have to say I dont agree as they are my animals. We have mild winters as well and my mom keeps yelling at me because we have a giant electricity bill. All I have to say is that I have never had a coop fire in the four years it has been up just to reassure you!
     
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  5. Poultrybonkers

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    Heating a coop is not recommended as for one when power goes out they will die from not being accumate to the cold
     
  6. MissChick@dee

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    Compromise... I ended up with a porcelain base that attaches at the apex of my roof and a reptile heating bulb. No way they can knock it over. It will not fall over. They cannot perch on it. It has a timer available but I do it manually (to check the bulb). My husband did not want heat. It doesn’t “heat” the coop it just takes the sting off the air. And I only use it for maybe 2 months. Think of a compromise. Something safer than a lamp. Impress your Dad with your problem solving skills. Best wishes
    ETA: they would not die if our power ever went out they’d be extra cold is all. The temp difference does not offer huge rang in temperature difference
     
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  7. ChickNanny13

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    My Mom always replied, "If they jump in the fire, are you following"
    ChickenGal6's Mom makes a good point, Power Bill.
    Poultrybonkers makes another good point, once they get used to the extra "warmth" they won't be acclimated your weather conditions.

    I too have read about alot of barn/coop fires started by heat lamps during the Winter and for brooding. I'm in HI so no extreme temps, used a regular light bulb (40w) for new hatches until fully feathered & in the house. Not anymore...Thanks to Blooie switched to MHP & they go out to the patio brooder after a week in the house for observation. Everyone's alot happier.

    Your chickens have been fine the past years, my Hubby says "If it ain't broke, why fix it" Main thing is ventilation & prevent draft. Good luck with your Dad, it's hard when dealing with parents as we age, they still think we're kids and they know better :hugs
     
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  8. starri33

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    after joining this group, I learned that they didn't need a heat lamp so that other for my chicks, they don't have one, print your dad off some articles to read, give him information on the little heater, all else fails, put it on a timer, set it to turn on at X time and turn back off 20 minutes later so that he doesn't know you did it. sneaky I know, but can help save a fight.
     
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  9. SniperGoose

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    Thank you all for your replies! I did a lot of thinking, and talked things over with him some more. We've come to a compromise - using a Cozy Coop heater instead. I ordered one on Amazon just a few minutes ago. So now I can worry a little less, and the girls won't be as cold!
     
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  10. ChickenGal6

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    Yay! My dad and I were just arguing about that its going to be a long couple of weeks.
     
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