Photo: A radiant heater for the chicken coop has been my research for a safe chicken coop heater. Initially, I only installed one of these heaters. Some time later I bought a second heater to expand the coop, since my birds take up most of the length of the coop at night. It is radiant heat and is believed to be safe for such applications.
UPDATE – end of January (see below)
When I was looking for a barn, I read a lot of horror stories about barn fires (different types of heating). If you think about it, you have a perfect combustion system that just waits for the flame…. lots of dust, shavings, etc.
That’s what led me to this. Not hot enough to burn. It’s radiant heat. My chickens love it. Looks like a flat-screen TV. I think they were waiting for me to hook up the satellite 🙂
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It has two heat settings. 100 W / 200 W. The switch has three positions: 100 WATTS – OFF – 200 WATTS.
There is no temperature control. So I bought a temperature controller and turned it into a temperature controller for a chicken coop.
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You can set it to turn on and off at any temperature. He is now going to work when he is 25 and 32. Although in reality, the chickens would be fine in these temperatures (but Mrs J wants them to be warm and comfortable). If it were me, I’d probably turn it on when it gets colder. But it’s not worth fighting for a ~20 cent savings on electricity at night 😉
During the day, we turn off the little switch on each stove so it doesn’t run all day (on cold days) and doesn’t waste electricity when it’s in the loft or elsewhere. Before sunset we turn it on again and let the temperature controller do its job.
When I built my chicken coop, I told you how I insulated it:
[ Reading: How I isolate and what I use
Well, this is gonna be good! We have had fairly cold nights so far in this early winter (around zero degrees). I have found that the heater usually makes the barn at least 20 degrees warmer – as long as the small barn door is closed. And that too with the vents on top…. Not bad!
By the way, I usually leave the heaters on 100 watts (it saves electricity). But when it’s really cold, I switch to 200 watts.
Message: Never close the ventilation openings in the poultry house completely to make it warmer inside, even when it is cold. They can NEVER blow off steam. They can freeze due to excess moisture inside if not ventilated. I partially close the vents in the winter (compared to the summer), but you still need to make sure there is adequate ventilation.
Not surprisingly, when you open the door in the morning, a little cold air seeps in – even though it’s still 5 to 10 degrees warmer inside, depending on where it is.
We always have periods in the winter when we reach 20 degrees below zero. Sometimes it is 30 degrees below zero! We’ll see what happens when we get there ….
And besides… They say if you feed the chickens crushed corn, they will be warmer at night. Something about digestion. So this is what we do:
Another piece of advice: If it’s really cold in the morning, it’s best to take the eggs out right away – otherwise they’ll freeze and crack! Ask me how I know that…
UPDATE: Heart of winter – end of January
This morning the outside temperature was minus 19 degrees, below zero. K-k-k cold! Although winter is generally expected here.
There was a temperature drop predicted, so I know it’s coming. I knew my two gorgeous wood stoves would be on high power (200 watts each). But aside from that, I installed an infrared lamp in the chicken coop for more heat.
First, I had to replace the bracket itself from the original plastic type with a porcelain type (I should have done this from the beginning). The heat lamp gets hot, so I changed the bulb just to be sure. Anyway, you want to know the results?
This morning, it was 7:00 in the morning. I checked my chicken coop to read the time, and it was 22 degrees in the chicken coop! That’s great. The heaters have warmed up 40 degrees (although I don’t want to calculate the electric bill).
Those birds would have ugly frostbite on their crests. Some of them have already been (slightly) bitten/circumcised, but that would be bad….
They were very upset because I kept their barn door closed until the outside temperature was at least zero around 9. You should have heard them squirm with impatience…. until I let them out, when they jumped off the ramp, visibly hungry, straight to their food! Spoiled birds…
Here are some pictures taken by the camera of the chicken this morning:
frequently asked questions
Should a heater be installed in the chicken coop?
Chickens, especially cold-tolerant breeds, can tolerate winter temperatures without additional heat. … Chickens adapt to the cold, but if it is 70 degrees Celsius in the henhouse and 0 degrees Celsius in the run, the birds cannot regulate their body temperature.
What is the safest way to heat a poultry house?
How to keep chickens warm in the winter | Poultry plot
How can I heat a chicken coop without electricity?
Wood shavings, sawdust and straw are very suitable. I would recommend a good footbed, especially if you live in a very cold climate, and even more so if your chicken coop does not have a separate floor to the ground.
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