Warm enough?

thekeetlady

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Hello! I know it’s a long ways away but we have a small shaker style coop (4 boxes) and I’m wondering if I have enough chickens in it to stay warm without a heat lamp in the winter. In that coop we have 10 silkies, 2 Easter eggers, and 4 bantams. Let me know what you think! 😊
 

DobieLover

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Chickens don't rely on other chickens to stay warm in winter.
Generally speaking the coop needs to be very well ventilated and dry for chickens to be able to retain their own body heat and stay toasty warm during winter.
Quite the contrary, overcrowding the coop will cause the birds to become chilled as all the moisture that they poop and breathe out will be harder to remove effectively.
The only time supplemental heat may be needed is in extremely cold temperatures like -25F.
 

aart

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@DobieLover hit the nail on the head.
Playing off your thread title...wondering if 'big enough' is more apt.
Dimensions and pics of your coop would help here.

Oh, and.... Welcome to BYC! @thekeetlady
Where in this world are you located?
Climate, and time of year, is almost always a factor.
Please add your general geographical location to your profile.
It's easy to do, and then it's always there!
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