heating water in winter and light bulb timer for extra light in the morn and evening

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kmyers, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. kmyers

    kmyers Just Hatched

    Oct 24, 2016
    Can i just run an extention cord to the coop its not a long way from the socket by the back door to the coop? Maybe 15 feet.
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    That's what I do...BUT...
    -make sure it is a heavy duty, outdoor rated cord.
    -it should be plugged into a GFCI receptacle.
    -be very careful of dust and/or moisture getting into any outlets/connections.
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  3. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.

    X2, what aart said. Before I ran electric out to my coop, for a couple of winters, I hooked up two 100' extension cords, and ran them to the coop to power up the water fount warmer. The extension cords laid out there for months, with no problems.
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I run an extension cord as well. Construction grade, with GFCI at house, and a 6 outlet surge protector inside coop, weatherproof connection at house and coop. Common safety practices: Keep unused outlets dusted off, all cords out of reach of chicken beaks. Keep the light bulb dusted off. If using light for increased laying, use a warm spectrum. It would be very hard for me to keep chickens w/o electric in coop. I'd be dealing with frozen water 6 months of the year. No thanks!!!
  5. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014
    I currently run an extension cord the 30 feet from my house to my coop. From that extension cord runs another 15' cord that has 3 outlets spaced every 5 feet. I have a 250 watt stock tank heater in one outlet and a single outdoor LED rope light plugged into a timer. The unused outlet has a waterproof cover on it.

    Both cords are heavy duty, exterior use rated cords. It's plugged into a GFCI outlet that is under the house, protected from elements. Where the two cords meet is in the sheltered run away from rain. It is secured at both ends and at points along the length to keep it from moving and prevent plugs wiggling loose. There are drip loops at each end for extra precaution. I ran a dog tie-out cable from the house to the run that I attached my cord to with zip ties. The cable keeps the cord above head height and out of the way of the lawn mower and snow blower. It prevents the cord from sagging without having to put tension on the cord itself. Additionally, in the event that ice builds up on the cord or a branch falls on it, the cable bears the weight so I don't have to worry about the cord being pulled out.

    I am on my 3rd year with this set up and it has served me well. I inspect it with the change of the seasons to make sure the attachment points are all secure, there is no rodent or UV damage to the cords, and that all plugs are well seated in their sockets and dust and cobweb free.

    I feel I've substantially reduced the risks you typically read about with long-term extension cord use in an exterior application so I'm very comfortable with my setup.
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