Winter chicken heating pad??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RooBeeC, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. RooBeeC

    RooBeeC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2016
    I need recommendations from everyone. I live in a very cold climate and wanted to provide some additional heat to the chickens when it gets very cold at night, subzero temps. I don't want to add anything that will start a fire, like bulbs or heaters with fans. I was looking around and found a 40watt heating pad: K&H Thermo-Chicken™ Heated Pad and wonder if this is worth any good. Reading the reviews it does not get hot enough to start a fire but may possible just increase the temp a few degrees which is what I'm looking for.

    My chickens currently live in a double walled old milking shed so they are protected from the wind. I wanted to mount this where they sleep at night, which is an enclosed roost within the shed. I just wanted to increase the temp a few degrees or just cut the freeze a bit. I'm not looking to completely heat the coop which would he horribly hard to do.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Pictures will help, and showing which is the southern exposure. The most important issues are ventilation, and unfrozen water. The pie tin type water heaters do offer a little heat, and the chickens are WARM themselves. Mary
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Insulating the roof helps with summer sun and winter cold too. Mary
  4. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Unless you have some kind of thinly feathered, exotic breed of chicken. You DO NOT need to add any heat, what so ever. They are built and equipped to handle cold weather. Let them properly acclimate, and they will be fine. They don't need any help, to stay warm.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What is your location?

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