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Heating a small coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by catnut, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. catnut

    catnut New Egg

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    Has anyone used a product called a "hound heater" in their coop? I'm searching for a SAFE source of low heat without light. Thanks for any info!
     
  2. TTracy

    TTracy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, nope I've never heard of it. I use 2 heat lamps that are on timers. They have done well for me and my flock.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless you constanty get below Zero. you really don't need heat other than to keep the water liquid.
    Chickens can handle cold quite well if they are out of the wind, and dry
     
  4. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doesn't even matter if you do get below zero. You do not need to add heat, unless we are talking about something to keep the water unfrozen. The chickens are more than capable of handling the cold. By adding heat, you are not allowing your birds to acclimate to the colder temps. You are actually putting them at risk, if you were to lose power to the heater, or the heater justs craps out, your birds would truly suffer then, and that would be on YOU.
     
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  5. TTracy

    TTracy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, but I like giving them a little heat. Turns on at 4am turns off at 8am. Takes a bit of the chill out of the air in the barn. If the power goes out, we have a generator, if a light bulb burns out I have extra.
     

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