Heating Lamps for the Winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dalmation1080, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. dalmation1080

    dalmation1080 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know a lot of chicken owners will probbaly say that a heat lamp is un-needed and such. But ive lost a few birds to frostbite/cold weather before.

    Anyway, I have built a brand new barn & chicken coop this year and im searching for a couple heat lamps to keep my chickens, ducks & peafowl a little warmer this winter. I have gotten some nice birds this year, and i dont want to loose them. Does anyone have any reccomendations for some heat lamps that i can put in my coop that are safe and wont catch fire (Biggest fear), but keep the birds comfortable?
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If you are losing birds to frostbite/cold, I would look at your ventilation before adding heat lamps. When you built the new barn, were you keeping the need for ventilation in mind?

    Heat lamps are going to add a fire risk, raise your electric bill, and make it harder for the birds to acclimate to the cold. Not to mention that when you have a power outage, you will lose birds who have grown reliant on the heat and never learned how to keep themselves warm.

    Your profile doesn't say where you are located, but I know where I am we get some single digit and even below 0 days every winter, and my birds do fine. I know there are people living in Alaska who don't use supplemental heat for their birds, so I really would look at increasing your ventilation rather than taking the risk with heat lamps, if I were you.
     
  3. dalmation1080

    dalmation1080 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had plenty of ventilation in both of my coops and have still lost birds. Any heat lamp brand suggestions?
     
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