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using a red heat bulb in chicken coupe

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sarabeth, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. sarabeth

    sarabeth Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Mammoth Spring, AR
    I was wondering if it is ok to use a red heat bulb in chicken shed for warmth. We keep it on 24 hours a day. Will it mess with them any?

  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    We traded out our sixty watt bulb over the waterer for a red forty watt bulb. ONLY over the waterer. The red bulb does not keep them up and keeps the waterer from freezing. As long as they are out of drafts and have deep litter they are fine!!
  3. sarabeth

    sarabeth Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Mammoth Spring, AR
    there is some straw on the floor. I have four 3 month olds that wont roost for some reason they sleep on the ground so i have been putting hay down for them to sleep in.
  4. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I have been keeping a red heat bulb on when it gets really cold. I have only had it on about 3 nights. Tonight it is spose to get 18 below, so I might need more than just that bulb. I have a little ceramic heater I used out there when they were chicks. Our coop is draft free and everyone is full grown but that is pretty darn cold. Not sure what I will do yet. Sorry! My answer to your question is it is OK and it will not mess with them!!!
  5. sarabeth

    sarabeth Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Mammoth Spring, AR
    Thank you! You guys r so helpfull [​IMG]
  6. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I have one. I only turn it on when it's freezing or below. It doesn't seem to disturb them at all. Occasionally, I forget to turn it off in the morning. It's hanging near the nest boxes, so I'll find three or four hens snuggled into the boxes sleeping in the warmthy goodness.
  7. mksenoj

    mksenoj Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    UpState, New York
    We are here in NY but my chickens think they are in Miami Florida. We have our coop with two heat lamps. They all seem very happy and can be observed walking around the outdoor run (also covered with air vents) when it is cold during the day. At night they are in the heated coop. We treat our animals like family. We are in a warm house!

  8. agnes_day

    agnes_day Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    i have a red bulb in our little coop but to be honest, i dont think its warming up a thing! i finally bought a little heater from atwoods and hung it in there and thats working really well.
  9. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I have a red 250 watt bulb in each of my coops - mostly for the waterers not to freeze.

    The cochins, however, like to snuggle on the floor of the coop to sleep and they usually can be found at night under the heat lamp [​IMG]

    In the coops, the way they are built, it doesn't raise them temp much for them, just keeps it above freezing is all. On really cold nights, I still get a skim of ice on the waterers, so I know it doesn't heat it up THAT much.

    I figure if it'll keep it right at or slightly above freezing, they're good to go.

  10. Mesa

    Mesa Songster

    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    I switched my 100 w light out for a red 250 a couple nights ago because my water is freezing solid. The red light is helping more than the 100 watt but I still have a ice chuncks in their waterer. At least most of it is still liquid. It thaws about 2 in the afternoon and then refreezes a bit overnight.

    Man winter sucks, actually summer tends to suck here too. The chickens were fanning them selves under the tree and panting. I thought for sure I'd lose one or two this summer. Luckily they all stayed in the shade during the hot afternoons.

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