I built a new coop this year because we added a few more chickens and last year we just had a small A-frame chicken ark. In the coop I have placed a 250 W infr-red heat lamp on a thermostat just to try to keep the temperature slightly above freezing. It has been kicking on lately for just a bit in the early morning hours. The thing I have noticed as that it is waking up the chickens and then they start squawking like crazy for me to come let them out of their coop. I go out and because I have an enclosed run I open their pop door and they keep squawking but refuse to go out because it is still dark. I was under the impression that the chickens couldn't see the red colored light but they seem to be able to see this one. I am not too terribly worried right now because they are waking up just a little bit before the supplemental light I have turns on, but I am worried that when it gets colder out and the light either goes on and off all the time or it just stays on all night that this could be a problem. Do any of you have any suggestions or experience with the IR heat lamps and how your chickens respond. Thanks.