Garden Pea, I copied your reply because I wanted this information easily found in a search, and I also wanted to discuss this without contaminating the other thread. Here's a photo of foot damage that was apparently the result of heat tape on a roost, the tape was covered with carpet (the same way I had INTENDED to install some at my place, before I saw the photos) -- Can you see the shriveled toes on the left foot? Here's a link to the thread on the UPA forum that had the photos and discussion: http://upaforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=1955&highlight=heated+roost I totally freaked when I saw the photo, and freaked worse when someone else wrote in about having to wrap her hen's "peg leg" weekly after the hen's foot fell off from getting damaged on a heated roost. Scared the willies out of me. -- The Accidental Peahen OMG, Is there any way to find out if this was the result of faulty construction or brand of heat tape used? Is there any way of making a heated roost that couldn't do this? I want to thank everyone that replied about this in the other thread. I had never heard of this before and just about freaked out.