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Leaving the heat lamp on.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bledsoe95, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I leave the heat lam on in my coop 24 hrs. a day and I was just wonderin if this can cause any problems with my chickens?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    It can. You don't say what your location is and what the temps are like!! That would help!!
     
  3. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Virginia and the temp. has been below freezingfor a while and were also getting snow.
     
  4. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really need to know the problems it can cause so please help.
     
  5. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    hello.
    if your lamp is not secured correctly, then it could fall onto your bedding. (if you are using shavings or hay) this could start a fire.
    you could also have a bad connection (wire) . how is it installed? you need to be more specific for us to better help you. how many chickens do you have? some are hardy and can require no heat. its a choice. we have seen too many times here, on chicken coop fires.
    also, how big is your coop? what kind of heat lamp? what wattage?
    btw: i would not leave it on 24 hours a day. what happens if your electricity go's out? how would your chickens deal? i shut mine off when the chickens go out in to their run.
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  6. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have it clipped on a nail on the celing, its a 250 watt, i have 30 chickens buff orpingtons, s3x links, barred rocks, & ameruanas.The coop is a 10ft. by 6ft.And i use shavings.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  8. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is also dark and im worred about the hens not finding the nests.
     
  9. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    you do not have windows in your coop? hens lay usual during the am and afternoon. usually.
     
  10. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My windows are made from wire & i had 2 cover them up with plastic 2 keep out the cold.
     

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