How colld for heatlamp

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by desertgirl, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    My DH wanted me to ask-at what temperature do you all turn on the heat lamp (in the outside coop)? Our chickens are 5-7 months old, pretty hardy and look very healthy, but it has been getting chilly (in the 40-50s) so we've turned it on for their comfort.

    Thoughts?[​IMG]
     
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    they dont need heat
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    40-50 is still *toasty* for chickens [​IMG]

    Pat
     
  4. LovinMyHensInNC!

    LovinMyHensInNC! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our nights have been dipping below 30 at night. This will be my second winter with chickens... didn't use a heat source last year nor do I plan on using one this year. Last winter I had turkeys and guineas and they always chose to roost on the trees. There were a several nights that we had terrible wind, ice storms and temps that were below zero (all at once!)... I was for sure I would go outside in those mornings with frozen birds stuck in my trees but they did just fine!!
     
  5. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    This is my first winter with chickens. I am choosing not to add heat because if the power goes out they would suffer much more not being ready to handle the colder temps! I have learned alot on BYC and no heat is best!
     
  6. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Melbourne,Ky.
    i have 6 week olds outside in the coop.do they still need the heat lamp?its in the 40's at night right now.
     
  7. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    As always, thank you so much!!!

    We are removing the lamp right now and toughening those birds up![​IMG]
     
  8. Marbleheader

    Marbleheader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:As long as the coop is draft free, they should be fine, but IMO it wouldn't hurt to give them a little heat for about 2 more weeks - until they're closer to 60 days old.
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:As long as the coop is draft free, they should be fine, but IMO it wouldn't hurt to give them a little heat for about 2 more weeks - until they're closer to 60 days old.

    Also, you could put the light on only at night -- half the electric bill [​IMG]


    Pat
     
  10. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Melbourne,Ky.
    thanks marbleheader and patandchickens
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2009

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