Red light chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bertio, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. bertio

    bertio Out Of The Brooder

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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 [​IMG]
     
  2. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    A red light heat lamp might help.
     
  3. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    It could be TOO warm for them.... Unless your up in Alaska, and temps are dipping near freezing, its still too early for heat lamps.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    We have an oil radiator that we can adjust temps on. That works well. It was only $36 at Lowe's.
     
  5. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    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.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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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.
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    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. [​IMG]
     
  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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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.
     
  9. bertio

    bertio Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
  10. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Never hurts to be prepared.... LOL
     

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