should I put heat lamp in coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by snozzleberry, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. snozzleberry

    snozzleberry In the Brooder

    May 4, 2011
    Hi all,
    I am moving my first backyard flock into their coop today and want to know if I need to put a heat lamp in at first? The chickens are 10 weeks old and are hardy breeds. The overnight temps are averaging around 30 degrees. The coop has a deep pile of pine shavings and is a 4 by 6 structure with 2 vent holes that measure 4" by 12".
    Thanks, in advance, for any advice.
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Wow! Where in the world are you that you're still having temps drop THAT low at this time of year???? At 10 weeks they should do okay - assuming they have been totally off the lamp wherever they've been kept up till now??? A weaning period is always nice.
  3. daver

    daver Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Linden, NC
    As a precaution, I'd put a light out.

  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Thirty degrees its a 100 degrees here. I'll trade you.
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I agree with Teach. If they've been weaned off their heat lamp already, there's no reason why they couldn't tolerate 30 degrees.

    The only time you're likely to run into trouble is to take them from a warm, cozy brooder and stick them in a cold coop without an acclimation period.
  6. chickengrl

    chickengrl Songster

    Sep 30, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    I would put a heat lamp out. There are probably many folks who disagree since there is a fire risk with them. I am assuming that they have been used to some warmth. Is that correct? I would give it to them for a few more weeks. Good luck! [​IMG]
  7. Chicky Chick Mama

    Chicky Chick Mama In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2011
    western kentucky
    I would place a heat lamp where they can get warm if they want, but not necessarily to heat the entire coop. (if you have a large enough space)
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Keep in mind that while it seems a kindness to offer chickens a heat lamp, it can actually be a hindrance. Let them adjust as nature intended to fluctuations in temps. and they will be ready to handle whatever mother nature throws at them.
  9. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Songster

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    At ten weeks I'd go without the heat lamp. I had my chicks in the big coop from day one in their brooder and I think I was done with the heat lamp at 8 weeks with temps in the low 40's.
  10. hudsonnascarfan

    hudsonnascarfan Chirping

    May 26, 2011
    well my jersey giants are just about 5 weeks old and im keeping the heat light off now but its still 70 im the brooder at night and up to 85 durring the day time ive been putting them in the run on nice days so they get used to being out side nowhopeing to have them in the coop without any heat soon

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