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Coop Heat? (13 messages)
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Does anyone out there heat their coops? Just looking for possible suggestions and ideas. Just in case we get some serious cold weather here in Ohio.
11/22/2012 8:35 PM report abuse

McMurray Hatchery
I have a 250 watt red heat bulb plugged into a thermostatically controlled plug in. It only comes on when it gets to a certain temperature, helps save on energy and they are very inexpensive.
11/26/2012 10:42 AM report abuse
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Will the red light mess up their sleeping, (roosting) habbits and keep them up all night? I have a red light in there right now but was curious about that.
11/27/2012 5:04 AM report abuse

McMurray Hatchery
No, the red light will not effect them. If a white light is on it's too bright but the red tones it down.
11/27/2012 8:34 AM report abuse
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Thanks for your help.
11/28/2012 3:45 AM report abuse

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McMurray Hatchery, can you describe how you positioned the light? i.e., height from floor, in corner or center of coop, etc... maybe post a picture? oh, and what model/brand thermostat?
11/29/2012 7:45 AM report abuse

McMurray Hatchery
Moot- My light is hanging from the ceiling at about 6 1/2 ft from the floor. It is not quite in the center of the coop, more toward the side with my nest boxes and roost. I hung it there to prevent the eggs from freezing. Not sure of the brand but we are hoping to have some in stock soon.
11/29/2012 2:58 PM report abuse

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Thank you. I am having trouble finding a thermostatically controlled switch.
11/30/2012 6:38 AM report abuse

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Thought I'd give an update in case it may be helpful.
Just purchased the Thermo Cube Thermostatically Controlled Outlet. Advertised to turn on at 35° and off at 45°. I'll post review after I get them and test.
12/1/2012 5:41 AM report abuse
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Portola, CA
I have resisted heating the coop since the ladies started laying. They are cold hardy birds and have done fine so far in low temps-12 degrees the other morning. I give them a little warm oatmeal to jump start their body heat.
12/17/2012 7:57 AM report abuse
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MMH - A friend of mine is a Poultry Major from Texas A&M, but she had an argument against the red light, because it messes with the chickens vision. She even said it blinds them, and red lights are mostly used during slaughter. I did purchase a white 250W bulb, but I also bought some baby cakes and have some fresh grass in there also. Only planning on using the heat lamp for a few weeks anyways.
6/22/2013 10:12 PM report abuse
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I use a brooder light and wrap a piece of alum flashing over the (flange or bowl)covering the bulb bending it at the corners to diffuse the light. Very little light escapes but puts out the heat. Then I hang it about 18 inches from the floor higher for turkeys so birds can walk under it without touching it. Plug it into your thermostat control. I use black lights without the flashing but they are getting hard to find.
7/24/2014 11:43 PM report abuse
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I have used a 250 watt red heat bulb all winter. We had some really cold nights with wind chills in the -20 to-30 range and actual temps around 0. My chickens are doing well and don't appear to have any sight issues.
3/6/2015 9:51 AM report abuse
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