Should I put a heat lamp in my coop??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by steponme1104, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. steponme1104

    steponme1104 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so I am new to chicken life [​IMG] I have inherited 3 silkies, a frizzle, 3 Brahmas, a buff orpington, 2 ameraucanas and a few more. Most are over a year, but a few are about 6 months. My coop is made of chicken wire and plywood. 2 sides are wire and 2 sides are wood. Do I need to put a lamp in the coop for heat. I'm worried they're going to get to cold at night. Today when I left for work there was frost on my car. I dont want them to freeze! They are kinda spoiled:) What do you guys think???
     
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends, but probably no.

    If you are from Northern Alaska, well, probably.

    Around here (Washington State) there is no need.
     
  3. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope [​IMG]
     
  4. 4Hchickenproject

    4Hchickenproject Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There was another post like this a few days ago, so you might try searching to see what others had to say. Seems the general consensus was, it's probably not necessary, that chickens tolerate the cold pretty well.

    Personally, I put a heat lamp in my coop, but I leave the wooden part of the window open unless it's really windy, because my hens like to sit in it all night. They can roost close to the lamp if they're cool, and far from it if they get warm. Except for two nights so far, they've stayed away from it. Those two nights it was below freezing, sleeting and raining, and the wind was blowing, and I closed the window. Other nights, even when it rains, they want the window open and do not roost near the lamp.

    My girls are spoiled too [​IMG]
     
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope. Sounds like you have cold hardy breeds anyway.
     
  6. steponme1104

    steponme1104 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you everyone for your input!!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    You may not need heat but I think you need more wooden sides so your chickens can get out of the wind. To stay warm they fluff up their feathers and a draft negates the warmng effect. I don't believe that silkies and frizzles are hardy breeds and they will benefit from having no drafts. Chicken wire, by the way, does not keep out predators but hardware cloth does, so I would put 4 wood sides on your coop and replace the remaining chicken wire with hardware cloth, or you could replace the chicken wire with hardware cloth and cover two sides with a tarp or something like that but leave a ventilation space up high. Searching this website will give you lots of ideas. [​IMG]
     
  8. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you live in Antarctica. Otherwise, it just encourages disease and parasites.
    Recommend reading the thread written by the Old Timers about tips from the Old Timers. I think we unanimously agreed no heat lamps.
     
  9. ChickenBoy17

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    I'm in NJ, and I'm not going to heat the coop. Unless for some freak chance its in the teens for a week
     
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Chickens can take a lot of cold,(maybe not silkies and frizzles) but I agree that an enclosed coop would help. If you choose to add heat it is OK.

    Imp
     

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