1. Flock Runner

    Flock Runner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its starting to become winter around hear amd i want my birds to be warm. im building them a new coop so for the moment they all have to be together and their temperary coop isn't insulated. dose anyone know of a heated perch or a pad that they can sit on that won't light the straw on fire?
     
  2. SmokinChick

    SmokinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you search? From what I've seen, most do not heat. I do not, nor will I. Touchy subject though.
    where do you live.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Breeds that are winter hardy can tolerate temps down below zero if they're in a draft free shelter, as long as they're fully feathered out and otherwise healthy. But to answer your question, a small everyday (human type) heating pad under the bedding or taped/wired around a roost sounds about as safe as you could get... I know some people put them in dog houses...
     
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Ohio and I don't heat. I gave them a wide enough perch that they can cover their feet easily. I did see that one person stuffed reguarl (old style) christmas lights into a pvc pipe and that it warmed up the pipe a bit for the birds.
     
  5. Flock Runner

    Flock Runner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'll have to try something like that. i'm mostly worried about my banny though. shes more suseptable to the cold. in fact, last year that was how one of my bantoms died so i'm really cautious with them.
     
  6. C&Rman

    C&Rman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a great link for heating roosts. This is for peafowl but I am sure it will work for chickens too. I have not tried this, but it looks safe.

    http://www.peafowl.org/ARTICLES/26/
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I don't heat my roosts either. My brother doesn't either.

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  8. I just changed over my roosts to 2x4's on the wide side up so it forces them to cover their feet this year. Never really had a problem though. I dont heat
     
  9. gypsyfarm123

    gypsyfarm123 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is a worry of mine also. I've heard that as long as the coop in not drafty then you are ok..But the coop has to be vented,right? My coop is built like a real house, with vented vinyl soffits and gable vents..so I'm guessing it gets pretty drafty..Should I block off the vented vinyl soffit and just leave the gable vent's or vise versa? I am very confused about this subject..
    (And to the original poster, 'I apologize for jumping on your post:( thank you<<craig
     
  10. fayeoli

    fayeoli Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought a pet snuggle pad, which you put in the microwave for a few minutes and it stays warm for a several hours. I will wait until it gets very icy before I use it as I don't want to make my hens too soft. I have 3 Orpingtons which should be fine but my 2 Polish seem to feel the cold. These pads are safe because they don't need any electricity or have any wires attached, and are very tough and non toxic, so I will put it under the bedding just to take the chill off.
     

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