Infra Red Light use for Heat

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sunnydee, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in Maine and the nights are starting to get pretty chilly! My chicken coop is insulated, however, I purchased a infra red light to take the chill out before locking them up at night. I tried it and it waked them all up! I thought a infra red heat light was not going to do this? Any suggestions?
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turn the light on before the birds go in to roost at night. Give them a chance to get used to it.
     
  3. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    my infra red never gets turned off...except for the summer
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Just curious, but why? Isn't that expensive?

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  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    You might want to take a look at a heat emitter bulb. Doesn't put out any light
     
  6. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one and I'm in Maine. Are they safe with straw in a barn?
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    In the winter I leave a red incandesant light on 24/7 and in the eves., I have a timer on the red heat lamp. Since, the chickens usually are out most of the day I see no need to have it on except when they go to roost.
     
  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Any heat source needs to be kept from contacting aan combustible material. As long as you keep it far enough away it shouldn't be any problem. The best thing is to add and thermostatically controlled plug. Americanlivestocksupply has them for $12. It will turn on at 35 degrees and off at 40. That way you aren't using it until necessary. The disadvantage to a heat lamp is that they produce light as well as heat. This could throw off the birds internal clock.
     

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