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

    May 16, 2011
    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]
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    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

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    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

    Oct 24, 2008
    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

    May 16, 2011
    After writing this post last night I went and turned it off after thinking the same thing....wild birds 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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