Heater in coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rocket Raley, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. Rocket Raley

    Rocket Raley Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    I'm concerned about me chickens getting cold and told my husband I want to put a space heater in the coop. He says they will be fine, he has seen chicken when he was little walking around on snow. He says they will keep each other warm. But Sam does not get near the other chickens, they all sleep in the coop at night and he stays in the pen on the latter. He is very anti social. What are yawl planning for this winter?
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    In SC you do not need a space heater in your coop...depending on how many chickens you have trust me they will keep each other warm and its not good to have a heat source unless the temps might dip below zero...Here in WV I use a heat lamp attached to the rafters just incase the temps with windchill dip below zero...I have chickens that go outside in the dead of winter on ice and snow...

    Space heater in my opinion means a chance of fire....
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2007
  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    If needed i too plan on a heat lamp from the brooder. Just be safe.
  4. njchicks

    njchicks In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2007
    Central New Jersey
    Here in Central NJ, which get colder than SC, I just use one heat lamp, and close all doors and window on the coop on nights when the temp. dips below 20. I always leave one window cracked about 1", but that's it. If it's really cold, the heat lamp is on all night, and they do fine.

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