Would this work?? Ya think??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by justusnak, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    OK, I was brainstorming....I have read several posts about "cold feet" .... "roost questions" ie: flat or round....etc. Here is my thought. Could a person get say some PVC pipe...cover it with indoor/outdoor carpet..and run heat tape through the middle....for those really cold nights? I think I am going to try to make one...for my breeder pens...and see how it works. Whatcha think!???
  2. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Songster

    Jun 29, 2007
    central KY
    Before you try it on your birds you should try it on your hand. Heat tape will get pretty hot, but if it is really cold out then that might keep it from getting to hot. However if you get some of our 20 one day and 70 the next it would get very hot.
  3. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    Sounds like a good idea, if you can find one that is just keeping temp above 40 degrees. I'll have to look as well to see if I can find some.
  4. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Songster

    Jun 29, 2007
    central KY
    I can remember using them on pipe in the house I grew up in and they got warm enough to make the water coming out "very warm" but only on warmer winter days. I wonder if in an enclosed coop it would help keep the whole thing warmer?
  5. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Read the instruction on the heat tape before you do this, some will warn you not to heat empty pipe, because it needs the water in the pipe to disipate the heat, so if heat is not bing transfered to water the sensor will not sense when pipe is warm, thus staying on possibly overheating/melting PVC pipe. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Jayare's Chicks

    Jayare's Chicks Songster

    Aug 25, 2007
    Florence, Alabama
    I am new to this chicken stuff but would there be a possibility of the chickens getting a toenail caught in the carpet?

  7. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    I know my chickens poop on their roosts -- carpet would get awfully poopy in my coop. :eek:
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Eeeep. Heat tapes are sort of notorious for causing barn fires. They may still be worthwhile to use on plumbing when installed exactly as per manufacturers instructions and when you feel that the 'cost' of waterlines freezing up is higher than the 'cost' if a fire breaks out. But, really, I think it would be nuts to try to do what you are suggesting, sorry. Even if it did not melt down or catch fire right away, you would be only a whisker away from disaster, like when the tape gets damaged by gripping toenails or when liquid from acidic droppings leaches in...

    OTOH you might be able to design a heated roost in some other way, if you think they really need it. (I thought that chickens hunkered down so that their tummy fluff covered their toes when they roost in the winter, though?)

  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    IMO, I think you'd be better off with a heat lamp overhead.
  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:If its indoor/outdoor you can wash it off.

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