How do you heat the laying boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RonP, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  2. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Funny story,

    When testing the heated nest box temperatures, I used an unheated box as my control sample.

    One day while taking temperatures my results were:

    Ambient temperature....47F
    Heated nest box............65F
    Control nest box............78F

    I repeated the measurements 3 times before I realized there was a REAL egg in the box...
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Are you in northern or southern part of New Jersey?
    Near the coast or inland?
     
  4. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps


    Central NJ, about 10 miles inland.
     
  5. pfewless

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    I have been thinking about temerature controlled water bed heater in mine it will fit acrossed both boxes nicely. I can set it on a timer so its not heated all the time. That way I avoid the problem of them being on there when they should be roosting. I would think they would be fire safe since people sleep on them. Just in the thinking stage at the moment though. Any feedback would be welcome.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Advantage over the propagation pad in that you can adjust the temp, but you pay for that too with a bigger pad but twice+ the price.

    If you've got one handy, prototype it up and test it out....let us know!

    I forgot about the timer turning if off at roosting time...and hopefully the coziness doesn't cause a lying traffic jam.
     
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    Am I the only one who could see themselves sitting out in the coop pointing this thing at eggs and muttering a just-audible "pew pew pew" as I pull the trigger? [​IMG]
     
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  10. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don't forget the water bowl, clock, deep litter, and bird butts!
     

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