1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

How cold is too cold

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by suzroemer, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. suzroemer

    suzroemer Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2013
    Hudson Valley Region, NY
    i live north of manhattan and the temps are in low 30's do my girls need a heat lamp. My coop is not large and there are cozy
  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

    Dec 16, 2011
    I strongly, strongly, strongly, suggest not using a heat lamp. I used a heat lamp last year and I nearly lost some chickens because the electricity went out. The chickens, who were used to heat, were suddenly thrust into cold conditions. They wouldn't go outside because they were used to warm and outside was cold. Several got frost bite because the heat lamp evaporated the water and poop and made it humid. Also you run the all-to-real risk of a coop fire. This year, I am NOT using a heat lamp, and my chickens are doing SO much better. They are actually going outside because they are acclimated to the cold. No frost bite, even on my rooster. And, it was -9! And, even during molting and no extra lighting, I am getting 8-9 eggs out of 16 hens. Which is really good.

    Bottom line is: no heat lamp unless the risk of not heating the chickens is as great as heating the chickens! Which, in my opinion, would be have to be pretty darn cold. Think -30 or -40.
    1 person likes this.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] I agree with Chicks Galore 3.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. I too recommend no heat lamp as long as your coop is dry and draft free.
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! I agree with the above advice.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by