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Heat Lamps: When to add them

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by VolailleAmant, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    I was wondering when is the best time to add my heat lamps for extra warmth in my coop? We tend to be on the low-budget side of chicken raising {like most}, and would like to hold off the heat lamps as long as possible until coldly needed. I am do realize that I a m sounding sorta abusive this way, I am sorry, but I love my birds and I am doing my best! [​IMG]
    Thank you in advance!
    -VA
     
  2. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens shouldn't need a heat lamp in the winter as long as their coop is free of drafts. It took me forever to find the difference between drafts and well ventilated. Having a few small holes or something up neat the to of the coop above the roost is good but you don't want cold air blowing directly on your birds. Hope this helps!

    MW
     
  3. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few drafts......the front window was knocked out [accidentally] am replaced with chicken wire.....Now I just want them to be warm enough. It gets pretty cold! Is it normal for them to have pinkish feet?
    Thank you!
    -VA
     
  4. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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    WV boy here!
     
  5. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious but how cold is "cold." Are you talking about below zero cold or in the 20's? Also what kind of birds do you have? Are they Mediterranean breeds or English/American? Also how old are your birds?

    As a general rule birds over about 6-8 weeks old (fully feathered) in the lower 48 shouldn't need supplemental heat. Birds with large combs are susceptible to frostbite if you have prolonged temperatures below freezing but that can be avoided by protecting their comb with vaseline. I'd be more concerned with keeping their water from freezing so they don't get dehydrated.
     
  6. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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  7. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I am sorry about that misunderstanding! It is about......Well, early teens. And the wind chills make it feel really cold.
    I have Isa Browns, Pekin ducks, and my favorite.....Silkies. My Silkies are about 7 1/2 months, and my Isies are 2?
    I usually refill the waterers throughout the day, because it freezes :(
    Ha, okay, this might sound a bit OCD, but I like the glow of infrared lights, and the heat it brings (don't get me wrong....I don't sleep out there!) So I might just add the lights at night.
    It drops like 5-10* at night in Michigan.
    bunch!
    Thank you a bunch.
    -VA
     
  8. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read many a book on drafts and ventilation. Thank you though! I 'll just read another link though, better safe than sorry right?!
     
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  9. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have roosters-except for my Silkies. A picture of the front of the coop is included :)
    Do you think it is too late for the hens to go though a molt? They say the end of Summer......
    Thank you, I am more thankful to someone who isn't all proud that they have a mind full of knowledge of chickens. As the Amish say: Do your best and leave God the rest. Eh? It fits with everything!
    Anyway, totally off-subject, but you got your devotion for the day! Lol.

    Pink feet: That's one less task to worry about. Thanks.
    -VA
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016
  10. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Personally I would not add heat. If you must then don't use infrared. Use a modest heat source and one that does not radiate heat like infrared. What ever is in line of infrared will overheat. You don't want to use that kind of heat source at all, you'll cook the birds under it if not start a fire.

    Don't get confused by wind chill. It's often used to show how harsh it is outside but your chickens are not roosting outside. They are in a coop. That coop should not have major drafts therefore no wind.
     

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