Heated perches for winter? Good idea or bad?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Newmamabear, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. Newmamabear

    Newmamabear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alrighty, so was pondering my fermented feed bucket and its ability to stay liquid during winter time. If I put it into a 45 gallon drum full of water and stock heater in it. Use the warmed water for thier drinking nipples and then could use some kind of filter to pump it through some tubing then it would give them heated perchs. Is this a bad idea? Would the warmth on the perch make them less suited to the cold of the ground in the winter? Or would it be okay? Would they be more susceptible to frost bite?
     
  2. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On your heated perches concept.......I think you have devised a solution that is in desperate need of a problem. [​IMG]

    As long as your perches are some type of wood, they are going to squat down on the roost, tuck their feet up into their feathers and ride out the very worst of it just fine.
     
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  3. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    It's my understanding that the chickens do not need the heat and the most important thing of all is to make sure there is adequate ventilation. If the moisture builds in the coop it can cause frost bite on combs and waddles.

    Although I do understand your concern for wanting to keep the birds comfortable.

    Some people use deep litter in their coops to provide some winter warmth. Another tip is to feed out some scratch right before roost time. It get warmer when digesting because of the high carbs.

    I live in a temperate area, so I don't have too much experience with cold. I see pics of chickens in the snow all the time though. And I saw 1 person put heating pads along the wall behind the roost. But ALL stress ventilation!

    Good luck!
     
  4. Newmamabear

    Newmamabear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How true! Thanks Howard!
     
  5. Newmamabear

    Newmamabear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awsome thanks! Too many ideas rattling around in my brain lol! I appreciate the feedback!
     
  6. angelsun

    angelsun Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a link to instructions on constructing a heated perch. http://www.hopkinslivestock.com/building_a_heated_roost.htm

    We use them here both for the peacocks and the chickens. The heat tape will turn on/off at 38F. We get down to -20F here. My experience has been that the heated perches work well and do NOT heat up the coop itself. We have not experienced any frostbite. Your mileage may vary.

    Kelly
     
  7. Newmamabear

    Newmamabear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Kelly, that's a good idea, talked to the hubby too, he said my [​IMG] would probably work like a radiator where it would make the heater constantly run where it's cooling through the piping. I'll keep that in mind though. I think I've got some heat tape kicking around here. I'll [​IMG] what I can rig up. Thanks :)
     

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