1. OneCuteShasta

    OneCuteShasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My DH doesn't know yet, but he's going to be building me new coops. [​IMG]

    I'm just curious, how do you heat your coops?
    Also, how do you light your coops?

    Thanks for helping DH! [​IMG]
     
  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heat lamps (250watts) any where from 2-4 of them in my 8X10 coop.
     
  3. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    We have an oil filled space heater between to chicken pens in the coop.
     
  4. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our "coop" is double walled with corning insulation-- 14x16 and heated to 60f consitantly all winter (with windows cracked) with just a couple red heat lamps. If the coop is less insulated, don't crack the windows!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. OneCuteShasta

    OneCuteShasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aren't you worried about the lamps breaking and catching your coop on fire? I had thought about the oil heater as well.
     
  6. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nope! I use aluminum clamp-light fixtures mounted way up on the walls-- I start with a J-Hook (in a wall stud) and clamp-on the light--then use pliers to bend the hook closed--- it CAN'T come off the hook... and the bulb has lasted since November!
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Coops do not necessarily need to be heated.

    Most full sized chicken breeds are FINE well below freezing (sometimes a whole great big lot below freezing) as long as draft-free and dry air and well fed.

    Remember that your chickens themselves will heat the coop (a commercial white leghorn is estimated at about 10 watts [​IMG]) and an intelligently built coop will retain a good amount of daytime warmth overnight.

    In some situations heat may be desirable or even necessary, but in most, not. So please do not *assume* that just because the chickens live outside they need heat! [​IMG]

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  8. WestTexasFarmboy

    WestTexasFarmboy Out Of The Brooder

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  9. OneCuteShasta

    OneCuteShasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was a neat link, WestTexasFarmboy. I never thought about heated roosts.
    Momma_Cluck, that's how our coop will be. I haven't decided on the normal roll insulation or the foam board insulation. I was thinking of heating just during the night when the temps drop. I know I hate to have cold footies, so I figured I'd warm the coop. I drew up the plans tonight and showed them to DH. He laughed and then saw I'm serious. He just rolled his eyes... LOL
     

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