Night light to warm freezing coop? I need help!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickChick0811, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. ChickChick0811

    ChickChick0811 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so tonight its in the single digits...bbbrrrrrrrr. This is my first winter with chickens and I'm not sure what I am doing is right. [​IMG] I wanted to make sure the coop was warm so I wouldn't wake up to frozen chickens. [​IMG] I know the threat of a heat lamp could lead to fried chicken [​IMG] and I really don't want that. SO I took the heat lamp and replaced it with a regular bulb (I know sounds silly, but I figured they could at least get a little warmth off of it). Well watching the coop from the window of my warm cozy house it looks as if my chickens are having a house party! [​IMG] I'm sure the light is throwing them off and they can't sleep, but also if I can see them dancing away I'm sure every raccoon, coyote and possum can as well. With that said...should I turn off the light or leave it on....EEEKKK HELP! [​IMG]
     
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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    The heat that a regular bulb gives off is minimal. I'd shut it off. I live in MN where in a normal winter (this winter has NOT been normal, but I'm certainly not complaning!! [​IMG] ) it gets into the 20's -30's below zero. My chickens do not get additional heat. They're in a draft-free coop and manage very well. I think yours will be fine. Something to think about: Do you have wild birds where you live? Do they have a coop with extra heat? How do you suppose they survive?
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    A single light bulb will only make a difference in a VERY small coop, but if you still want to use it , and don't want the light, put it inside a large clay flowerpot and you will get the heat but not the light
     
  4. berniezahm

    berniezahm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree with most of the above comment. I'm not sure supplemental heat is required for adult chickens. Comb frostbite is the biggest worry. If your birds are in a reasonably sound coop they should be fine. An old saying is "the shoddiest coop produces the healthiest chickens".
     
  5. ChickChick0811

    ChickChick0811 Out Of The Brooder

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    After writing this post last night I went and turned it off after thinking the same thing....wild birds survive....lol I am now only leaving the light on until about 7 pm just because of the egg production. I need to stop worrying about them...guess I just love them tooooo much! [​IMG]
     

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