How do you heat your coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bulldog6, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Bulldog6

    Bulldog6 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 16, 2012
    Looking to get some type of heat source in the coop for this winter. Wondering what other are using. I have been looking at

    infared heat bulbs (no light)
    the heat lamps like in the brooders

    or is it better to use

    the heated mats
    or radiant wall heaters

    Coops is probably around 50-60 sqft with 10-12 hens
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Coops don't need any heat at all other than to keep the water from freezing.
    The chickens can stand cold as long as they are dry and out of the wind
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  3. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    I don't add any heat at all. No insulation either. The front of the coop is wide open year round, and the chickens thrive.
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  4. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    I think chickens in real cold climates deserve to have a insulated coop. Around here it gets below zero, no animal needs to stand out in that with out protection. I do not use heat but my coops are very insulated, and there pen is totally wrapped and a roof over it so there dry all winter and out of the freezing winds.
  5. lkeech

    lkeech Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 4, 2012
    Just a quick question karlamaria we also are from montana do you use any source of light? We have decided to try our first winter with chickens with no heat but their coop is insulated all the way around with vents.
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I agree, an insulated coop is nice, but you have to have LOTS of ventilation to avoid moisture problems. No heat is nescessary if your coop is draft-free and well-ventilated, and the birds have access to unfrozen water and plenty of food.
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  7. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    We do not use any light, my girls stopped laying for about 6 weeks then kick started with the egg laying all over again. We had five chickens and we got eggs from them pretty often but not consistent. I do not add light, but am thinking of it this year to keep the girls going since I see my production is down already and out of 6 birds got only 1 egg yesterday. I'm glad we had power added to the coop so we can add light. I'm seriously thinking about it. Just not sure at what times to set the timers yet.
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  8. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2012
    Lancaster Ohio
    I am going to add minimum heat not sure what I am going to use but I was thinking about putting something under the sand in my coop once the sand is warm the chickens will have nice toasty feet! Someone here mention heat mat? what is that? On thanks for posting this it is one of the things I have on my honey do list before winter hits!
  9. Nevada Sun

    Nevada Sun Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2012
    Howden, Manitoba, Canada
    HI,, I live in Manitoba, Canada and I am very new to having chickens.. I have a well insulated chicken coop about 12 by 14 square feet and 18 chickens,, I have a rabbit in there too , in her own area, so I think I will use the Orek (spelling) heater as the rabbit needs it and I spend time with the chickens and rabbit so I would like it warm.. It only uses as much power as a coffee maker.. We do get it pretty cold here. It is all safe for pet and children so I think it should work..
  10. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Heating a coop is really not necessary. Chickens come with a nice warm feather coat. What is more important during the cold winter months is to avoid drafts while still providing ventilation. Chickens will huddle close together which provides warmth. Adding a heated waterer will also help to provide extra heat.

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