Keep the chickens warm with a "Thermocube"

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by katie4, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. katie4

    katie4 In the Brooder

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    My dad gave me a "Thermocube" brand plug in. The really cool thing about this plug-in is that it automatically turns on the plugged-in heat source when it senses 34 degrees Farenheit. It costs around $8 the last I checked at my farm and garden store.

    The Thermocube looks like a 3-way splitter for a standard outlet plug and is about the same size. It plugs into a standard electrical outlet.

    I love mine (and so do my chickens) as our weather is constantly unpredictable here in the great northwest. The evening can be mild and dip to a heavy frost by the next morning. Conversely, an evening can be cold and then turn mild by morning.

    I'm cheap so I hate wasting energy heating a coop that doesn't need it and I want my hens to be comfortable and have something to ward off the damp. We get an average of 120 inches of rain a year. (Yep, 10 feet of rain annually and sometimes more!) so dampness is a huge issue.

    Be careful about having things near the heat source that can catch fire. Also be careful not to overload circuits with too much plugged in.

    I have my 75 watt heat lamp suspended by lightweight chain about 30 inches off the floor in the center of my coop. During the few frigid days/night we get the chickens get off their roosting sticks at night and huddle underneath the lamp.

    None of the chicken folks/pet lovers locally knew about this cool resource so I thought I'd share my limited knowlege with my fellow chicken-lovers!

    Happy winter!
     

  2. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Watch it carefully. Someone posted recently about one they had that burned up. I'm not sure of the details of his experience but I think it's in this section of the board.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yeah, I always recommend the thermocubes too. [​IMG] I love mine. I'm not sure if you're aware, but they have different models/ranges. I have one for fans and such (turns on at 78 degrees F) that I use in the summer time, one that comes on at 20F/off at 30, and the model you mentioned. I'm pretty sure there are models that come on at 10/off at 20, and there may even be an "on at 0/off at 10" model. Folks in super cold areas might like the lower temp models.
     

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