New Winter Home

OverEasyMichigan

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 25, 2011
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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?
 

JackE

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 26, 2010
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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
 

OverEasyMichigan

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 25, 2011
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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.
 

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