Infra Red Light use for Heat

sunnydee

Songster
11 Years
Jul 17, 2008
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Maine
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?
 

Dar

Crowing
11 Years
Jul 31, 2008
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my infra red never gets turned off...except for the summer
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
12 Years
Nov 18, 2007
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Florida
My Coop
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.
 

Opa

Opa-wan Chickenobi
11 Years
May 11, 2008
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Howell Michigan
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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