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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by carlslake, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. carlslake

    carlslake New Egg

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    We are new to chickens. W have 14 hens and I am very worried about the upcoming cold snap. We have 2 heat lamps in the coop..what else should we do? So far we get between 10-14 eggs a day and they all seem ok. Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Unless it is going to drop a considerable temp from the normal over night temps they are used to, then you do not need to add any heat. If they have acclimated to your coldest temps already, they should be able to handle even colder temps. BUT....if the wind is going to be really ripping over night, you might want to shut off a couple of vents to slow the air movement down around the roost bar. Make sure there are no drafts close the birds, and if you really feel the need to add heat lamps, just use them only on the coldest of nights. Not as a regular routine.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  6. Bluebee

    Bluebee Overrun With Chickens

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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. If they are dry, draft free, and well fed - they can handle the cold.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    some people like to stack a row of hay bales to block the prevailing winds - that helps keep the coop or run warmer
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I wouldn't use heat lamps due to the risk of fire personally, they probably don't need additional heat.
     

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