Do-chickens-need-heat-lamps-in-the-winter, chickens don’t need heat or air. if they are provided with shade and plenty of water in hot weather and access to a shaded area outside they will handle the heat fine. we live in upstate pa where below 32 is common and below 20 or even minus digits is fairly common.. Most of the time, chickens don’t really need heat lamps anyway., keeping chicks during summer months can be easier than winter because your house may be hotter. if home temperatures range around 75 degrees, you won’t need a heat lamp past week four. but in barns or garages, which may run 60 degrees, chicks need supplementary heat until they are fully feathered at six weeks of age..
Add to favorites . reading time: 3 minutes recently, i’ve been writing about safely heating backyard chicken coops and addressing the question: do chickens need heat in winter? in new england, we get buried under heaps of snow and experience temperatures in the negatives., a: we don't recommend you offer supplemental heat to your coop unless your temps regularly drop well below freezing... seriously! chickens adapt to the cold weather over time.. When preparing your chickens for cold weather, some areas to consider include lighting, heating, proper air flow in their coop, water and feedings. obviously, the best time to prepare for winter is during the late summer or fall, as winter can be a very miserable time for your birds., the deep litter method is a way of allowing bedding material and chicken poop to build up in the coop over the spring, summer, and fall so that by winter you have roughly a foot of composting material on the floor of the coop. this composting poop and bedding will give off heat, warming the coop naturally..
Winter time can be super fun. sledding, skiing, playing in the snow, or whatever other winter activities you love to do. however, when those temperatures drop below 30, or 20, or below 0, it can be a bit harder to stay outside for any length of time., any chicken can fly into a heat lamp, catch its feathers on fire and incinerate the entire flock and coop. if you cannot be persuaded that chickens do not need supplemental heat inside a properly managed chicken coop in the winter, find a safe heat source such as a flat panel radiant heater that brings the temperatures up just a few degrees.