heating a 4x4x4 coop in the winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sneaton1, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. sneaton1

    sneaton1 Out Of The Brooder

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    right now i have a 150watt reptile black heat light in a 4x4x4 coop and i was wondering if this is too much?
     
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    how many chickens are you heating? windows? vents?
     
  3. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Put a thermometer in there and see how warm it is. Lots of variables so it's the best way to know.
     
  4. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See the thread on a person with chickens in Alaska called something like "Think your chickens are cold?".
     
  5. sneaton1

    sneaton1 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have three chickens and there are eave vents and a cupula on top for added ventilation. there are no drafts. i hung the light right under the cupula. it s hard to tell what the temp is because when i open the door to check it lets cold air in
     
  6. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    don't heat it.
     
  7. sneaton1

    sneaton1 Out Of The Brooder

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    what are good temp ranges for chickens
     
  8. sneaton1

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    what are signs of over heating in chickens
     
  9. mountaintopchicken

    mountaintopchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't heat a coop unless I had something like a very cold intolerant breed (like serama) in frigid temps. Otherwise, forget it. And if I absolutely had to do it, I would use every possible safety precaution and backup safety precaution possible, and heat to minimum temp to keep the birds safe.

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  10. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about bantams? I have a Bantam Leghorn, one standard RIR and one standard BA.
    I've been assured bantams will be as hardy as standards. But, I don't know that Leghorns are
    considered to be a cold tolerant breed.
    I also know heard from a breeder who uses who says he uses heat lamps for his bantams
    as they are less cold hardy. What do you think? I'm in S.E. Michigan and we get cold winters.
    Thanks in advance...

    P.S. Coop is 4x4x4', made of thick particle board with adequate ventilation.
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2010

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