How do you keep your chickens warm?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickadee55, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Chickadee55

    Chickadee55 Songster

    Nov 17, 2010
    Central Florida
    I heard on the news this morning about a barn fire caused by a heat lamp. Unfortunatly a lot of animals didn't get out. I live in FL. and 2 nights this week I had a heat lamp turned on in the coop because the temps got down to 17*. My lamp is situated on a board on the ceiling so it doesn't get hot but just enough heat to keep the birds comfy and they can get off the roost if they are too warm. Those members that live in the really cold regions must really have a though time in the winter so how do you keep your birds warm and safe?
  2. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    A dry coop is the best way to keep them warm. Ventilation, not drafts. My chickens run around outside all winter long... so I am thinking they don't mind the cold as long as they have a nice coop waiting when they go in.

    ETA: Good grief! I really should proof read!
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  3. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    If you are still using the heat lamp make sure there is NO WAY it can fall. Chickens will try to roost on a hanging cord, so chain, zip tie, etc,... to ensure that the lamp stays put.
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:This is very true!

    Not just in the coop, also in the house, barn, garage, shed etc.

    Imp- It's always sad to hear about fires.
  5. Mum

    Mum Songster

    Dec 23, 2011
    I don't; their feathers do [​IMG]
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  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The only chickens I keep warm are chicks in the brooder.

    The adult chickens keep themselves warm. They have nice feather suits. Even folks in Alaska don't heat their coops.
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  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Oatmeal? [​IMG]
  9. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    17 degrees is not cold enough to kill chickens unless they don't have feathers. There are plenty of people in very cold climates keeping chickens without an artificial heat source. People were keeping chickens long before electricity was available, and they certainly didn't build a fire in the barn to keep the animals warm!

    Chickens have feathers that keep them warm. Have you ever worn a down coat or slept under a down blanket? There is a reason we use feathers in these things--they are warm! Chickens can also keep warm by huddling together for extra body heat. Eating extra high calorie foods can help too--feed them more. (That's why most people crave "junk food" more in winter--our instincts tell us we need extra fat and calories to get through the cold weather!) As long as they have a dry place to get into away from wind and rain, they should be just fine. Chickens are not delicate tropical birds, they do fine in cold weather.
  10. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.

    X3, I don't do anything extra, They're well equiped to handle the cold. Turn off the heatlamp, you're just running up your electric bill.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012

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