Heating question for the cold, cold winter coming

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chick_newbie, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that some people have been talking about an outlet or plug that is thermostatically controlled. If someone knows where I could get something like this please post.
     
  2. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Being a newbie myself, I'll be interested in reading the responses. But I was wondering if I read somewhere correctly that it's probably not a great idea to control the temperature too much in case there is a power outage and you don't have an immediate backup? The girls would be more sensitive to the temp change and die?

    If that's the case... would a bare lightbulb work in a space that's about 4x6?

    I'll definitely be watching the suggestions. [​IMG]
     
  3. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My problem is that it will be below zero for several days and that is the only reason to do this. Hopefully some else will chime in and let us know what is best.
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I've read about people keeping chickens in Alaska that never heat their coops and never lose a bird. Wonder how they can manage this?

    I don't use heat, but then, I don't like in SD!! [​IMG] I do have large cracks in the floor of my old coop where the wind whips in, so I'm going with the DLM this year to see if this will protect from drafts and even generate a little heat from the organic material and decomposition of the litter. We do get zero weather on occasion here and my chooks haven't had any problems, even with the large combs.

    There is a stove pipe hole in the roof of this coop, so these folks obviously heated it with coal or wood in the past. Of course, back then we had much colder winters in this area.

    Other folks seem to think a light bulb's heat will help keep things more toasty in the coop.
     
  5. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Google "Thermo-Cube" or check them out on ebay. I'm gettting a couple of these myself. They have several different ones with different temperature ranges.


    jeremy
     
  6. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cool thanks. just couldn't remember what it was called.
     

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