Heating in the coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bugkiller, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. bugkiller

    bugkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am about to start my first coop. It will be a small coop for about 2 to 4 birds. I think i will copy this coop with a few slight changes. The question i have is about heating. I hear lots of people on here say yu dont need heat. Jst wondering if this would apply in very cold climates. I am in southern ontario canada and in jan/feb it is not uncommon to get temps as low as 0 F or even lower. Last year we had a week solid of - 10 f. asuming the coop is ventilated well and not drafty. Would chickens survive this climate??
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Both links take you to the same page...
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:If by southern Ontario, you mean the Sarnia or London area, you are in the sub-tropics compared to many posters on the thread Judy pointed out, including your's truly.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=421122

    Read through that thread, as I also believe it is one of the best. If you don't take great comfort for it, well, ok. But I believe you'll gain in knowledge and confidence.

    Deep cold snaps sometime come with power fluctuations, power outages, and heating equipment failure. Those failures can actually bring more risk to your flock than just allowing them to fully feather up in a cold, but dry, well ventilated coop.
     
  5. Mrs MIA

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    Quote:A couple of years back, we went from upper teens to 3 weeks straight of lows in the -25 to -35F range, and never got above -10F the whole time. Birds did just fine, with no heat. They have a cozy coop to get out of the elements, ventilated to keep the moisture down, and plenty of fresh water. When I first started with chickens, I heated their coop to ~ 40F, and experienced more frostbite that first winter than I ever have since without heating. Chickens survive in Interior Alaska without insulated coops and -50 to -60F temps just fine.
     
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Fred's Hens :

    Quote:If by southern Ontario, you mean the Sarnia or London area, you are in the sub-tropics compared to many posters on the thread Judy pointed out, including your's truly.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=421122

    Read through that thread, as I also believe it is one of the best. If you don't take great comfort for it, well, ok. But I believe you'll gain in knowledge and confidence.

    Deep cold snaps sometime come with power fluctuations, power outages, and heating equipment failure. Those failures can actually bring more risk to your flock than just allowing them to fully feather up in a cold, but dry, well ventilated coop.

    I have found this to be the truth... the hard way.​
     
  7. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. bugkiller

    bugkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the help guys.
     

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