I use to keep a Broader buld in my coop for some extra heat, I recently put a Dark red heat bulb in there at night so that when I turned out the other bulb at 9 it still remained warm. The egg productivity doubled. I do not have a huge coop but it is big enough to hold 20 birds ( 6w x 6h x 8l ) so the birds are never in danger of getting to hot. keeps it around 60 degrees. Worrked great for me and I was no longer worried about the chickes getting sick from the temp dropping in the singles at night some times
Thanks for sharing! I had to put a heat lamp in my silkie's coop this year, because they were so sensitive. I did not put one in with my Jersey Giants though, and they didn't lay eggs for me all winter. Maybe I should have given them a red heat lamp too!
"This is the sickest species the world has ever known."
Dr.John Bergman, speaking about the human species.
I have my 8 hens in a metal shed.No insulation. I cut 4 smallish square holes in the walls and taped plexi glass to them. First winter my 3 red sex link hens gave me 2-3 eggs a day.Now I have the new 5 (blue egg layers) and the 3 red sex link, and I get about 4-6 eggs a day.
I do think the silkies need heat. I get a chicken catalog for Meyers Hatchery,and it will list the cold hardiness for each breed along with egg laying.Very useful to have on hand.
Keep warm and safe!!!!
We have 2 red bulbs in our coop...same size coop as OP...We consistently get 5-9 eggs a day from our 11 hens. Three weeks ago it was -27 F at our house and we still got 5 that day.
Full time WOH Social Worker momma (32) to DD(12), DS (4) and DS (4), Wife to Ben (34), the love of my life! Thyroid cancer survivor!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|46 members and 15,367 guests|
|a-sorta-fairytale , Aidan Elijah , aillidh08 , anisaer , Arduinna , bananabee , BirthFree , Bow , cfaokunla , ChristineAL , Deborah , Dovenoir , Girdie Fae Thomas , girlspn , hakunangovi , incorrigible , Iron Princess , jcdfarmer , JElaineB , joandsarah77 , lisak1234 , Lucee , MamaThankingGod , michanders4 , Mirzam , miss mabel , mkat , moominmamma , Moosh , mumto1 , NaturallyKait , Nenya , philomom , pulcetti , RollerCoasterMama , rubelin , shantimama , Silversky , Socks , Springshowers , sren , transylvania_mom , zebra15|
|Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 01:21 PM.|