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How much heat in the coop??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wundernurse, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. wundernurse

    wundernurse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My youngest chicks are 6 weeks and I wanted to move my 7 chicks to their coop. The rest are 7 and 9 weeks. The night time lows are mid 40's. Should I use a 125 or 250 watt heat bulb in their draft free coop?? Thanks for any advice and info
     
  2. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    I would give them a light in the coop and then they have it if they need it.
     
  3. luvarabhorses

    luvarabhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am no expert but I'll tell you what I did. I put three 75 watt bulbs in different areas but within about 8 inches of each other. The chicks seem to be pretty happy.
     
  4. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    I use a 250 watt heat lamp. They have plenty of room to get away from it if they're too warm.
     
  5. luvarabhorses

    luvarabhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that's what most people do. [​IMG]
     
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I've gotten away from using the 250w bulbs... too much electricity. I use the dome-lamps with a 60 watt bulb, and they do just fine. You might have to lower it a little more than a 250, but it works. As they get a little older, you can raise it up to decrease the heat, or switch to a 40w bulb. After our $585 electric bill in January, all unneccessary lights went away. [​IMG]
     
  7. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mrs. AK-Bird-Brain - you preached us all last fall that you did not heat your coops in Alaska - and convinced me, in Vermont, that I should not heat mine. Then you report that you had a $585 electric bill in January due to ... what exactly?

    That's a lot of juice!

    PS. I didn't listen to you, [​IMG] I got a 100w heat emitter that I use only on the very coldest nights ~ maybe 10-15 nights a year.
    PPS. My electric bill went up from ~$30 to ~$40 due to the heated pet bowl (60w), my new pellet stove, and the occasional heat emitter.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2009
  8. luvarabhorses

    luvarabhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the age of the birds we are talking about here? I know the initial post was 6-7 weeks, I have week old chicks that graduated from a cardboard box in the bathroom with one 60 watt bulb to an outside brooder with three 60 or 75 watt bulbs, but I live in Arkansas and it gets down in the low 40's at night. Does that sound about right?
     

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