1. nawky360

    nawky360 New Egg

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    how should i keep my chickens warm this winter?
     
  2. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Low wattage heat lamps, like say 75 W each placed overhead securely where they cannot be knocked down into litter to cause fire. Reflectors a must. Secure mounting a must. If overhead, need to be no less than 18" above roost pole. If cannot do that due to size restrictions, place one each in all 4 corners at ceiling. Alternative is an electric space heater set in center of coop and set on med to low. Helpful to throw bales of hay or straw on roof of coop and pile up on North wall outside too. Leaves, pine boughs, etc to trap heat. Can improve/refine in warm weather.

    Do be certain to predator-proof your coop! They are patient and very canny creatures, and they are more hungry in wintertime.

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  3. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    thats right!! ditto to the last post
     
  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On predator issue, I forgot to say that chicken wire is no good against coons, dogs, coyotes, badgers, groundhogs, etc. Welded wire and chain link has holes too big and coons will reach thru and decapitate your chooks. Hardware cloth mesh is best.
     
  5. backyarder717

    backyarder717 Out Of The Brooder

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    no heat needed imho
     
  6. startingaflock

    startingaflock Out Of The Brooder

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    I put a big bracket on the inside of the coop and have a trouble light hanging from it. I don't know how much heat it really puts off but I hope it's enough. I also use about 4-6 inches of shavings on the floor. I have cold hearty birds too.
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Without knowing what area of the country you are in, no advice can be accurate.

    How cold does it get and how often?
    What coop/run setup do you have?
    What breeds and what ages?
    What bedding and foods do you use?

    There are a million options, based upon the answers to those questions.
     
  8. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

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    If you are raising the correct breed for your area then there is no need for "heat" if your coop is built for your climate.
     
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  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    how should i keep my chickens warm this winter?

    Don't pluck them [​IMG]
     

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