1. OverEasyMichigan

    OverEasyMichigan Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Apr 25, 2011
    Armada, Michigan
    I'm in the planning stage of building a new winter home for my girls (9 laying hens) and have a few questions:
    If I use a heat lamp for warmth, will I have to turn it off at night?
    Will leaving it on disrupt their sleep?
    The area will be 128 square feet. Is a heat lamp enough?
     
  2. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,228
    477
    231
    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    You do not need a heatlamp. You are only going to run up your electric bill, and possibly, cause a fire. The chickens can handle cold weather. You stand a chance of doing more harm than good, if you lose power and your chickens are not properly acclimated to the cold. Just give them a dry secure place and they will be fine. And don't seal them up tight in a box for the winter, They still need generous amounts of ventilation/fresh air, through out the winter.
    Jack
     
  3. OverEasyMichigan

    OverEasyMichigan Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Apr 25, 2011
    Armada, Michigan
    Thanks Jack.

    I just read your link to your coop. Very nice. (The thread got a little contentious, but it was an interesting read!)

    I will definitely be buying this book and making plans for a new coop for next year. Once again, thanks for the info.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by