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How do I keep my birds warm in Michigan winters?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CrazyCatCulby, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. CrazyCatCulby

    CrazyCatCulby In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2011
    southwest Michigan
    In southwest Michigan, we get our fair share of lake effect snow and plenty of cold. Can I install a heat lamp or something I can use inside the coop all winter? Any suggestions? Also what about heated water dishes? What are some good brands?
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011

  2. tlagnhoj

    tlagnhoj In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2010
    All possibilities, but remember to take the proper precautions to minimize fire hazards.
  3. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Crowing

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from west Michigan!
    I have had chickens thru the past two winters and have not lost one due to the cold. I do not heat the coops at all. If the power were to go out and they would be used to the heat then they would suffer from the sudden loss of heat. Also I use a cookie tin water heater to keep the water from freezing. Works great except on the very coldest of nights. Feel free to join in on the michigan chat site here, we would love to have you https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7731476#p7731476

    on how to make a cookie tin water heater here https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=107951
    just bought a couple of Thermo Cubes to use on the water heaters too.

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