Red light chickens

bertio

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Hey folks. I'm rather new at the chicken thing. Although I've had my girls since last Easter. I have a question for anyone out there that can tell me a bit more about heating my chicken coop. It's about 4"x6" and I have 6 ladies. At the moment it's getting rather cool and damp at night. So I installed a Heat Lamp which is on from &pm. to 7am. Problem is: they don't seem to want to go inside where it's nice and warm when it gets dark. All I hear is a lot of talking and grumbling once I stick them in. Could I be interupting their sleep cycle by having the Heat Lamp ON all night? Any feedback would ber greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

dacjohns

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I should have read the post closer. Sorry about that.

If you have had them since Easter then they are pretty much full grown. Like Poulets said, they probably don't need a heat lamp. Unless you are in a cold place they probably won't need a heat lamp even in the winter.
 

MissPrissy

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Fully feathered chickens do not need external heat sources. They do very well in cool and cold weather. Most large breeds do best in coolish temps.
 

debilorrah

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We only turn on their radiator if the temps are due to be below freezing - we have insulation in the hen house. We usually set the temp at either 45 or 50. They are very spoiled chickens.
 

Opa

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I use a heat emitter bulb in my coop. It doesn't put out any light. It's on a thermostat that turns on at 35 degrees. It's mainly to keep the water from freezing. Make sure your coop is draft free and the birds will be fine.
 

bertio

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Oct 17, 2008
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Well, thank you all very much for the info. I appreciate the replies. They sound good enough for me. I did insulate the coop and roof. However, I'll add more bedding for them and will remember about the oil radiator when it really gets cold. My girls are truly a bunch of spoiled Canadian chickens. Guess I'd better not start knitting them those little booties? LOL . THX.
 

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