If or when to heat the coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cc0905, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. cc0905

    cc0905 Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    South Berwick, Maine
    At what point (temp) should I provide heat for my girls, or do I really need to ? They were hatched this past Easter ~7 mos old, Red Sex Links
  2. fowlsessed

    fowlsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2011
    east Tennessee
    You really don't need aditional heat for that breed. If you want them to keep laying through winter you will need aditional light but i'm not sure about heat.
  3. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    NW Colorado
    Adding heat and light is a personal choice. I have read cons to adding heat, with no pros other then making the chicken owner feel better.
  4. brandislee

    brandislee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2011
    Southern Minnesota
    I personally say no heat. And as you can see, I live in Minnesota. I don't use heat in the coop (or at least, I haven't so far- if it got down to -30 I may start to think about it) UNLESS I have chicks in the coop with no mama. I've never provided heat for my adult birds so I don't know this first hand, but many other chicken peeps say that heat causes more problems than it solves like condensation in the coop, which can cause frostbite on combs and other exposed areas. It also prevents the chickens from building that thick downy layer underneath that helps to keep them warm, which means that if they go outside or the heat fails they will actually suffer more. The final say for me was when SEVERAL chicken keepers from Alaska said they don't heat- and their coops weren't insulated. If they can do it, the rest of us in the lower 48 can do it.

    I do have a heated base under their water, though, so it won't freeze (although this morning was a great reminder to check it each morning anyway- the plug for the base had wiggled loose and their water was frozen solid).

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