Heating Chicken Coops in Sub-Zero Temperatures

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HOW TO Heat Chicken Coops in Sub-Zero Temperatures

I know, I know, you read and have heard from everyone, “You do not need supplemental heat in chicken coops”. To this I say, “You must not live in sub-zero temperatures and deal with frostbite like I do”.  Heating your chicken coops in Sub-Zero temperatures is necessary in some climates.

Every year, we read facebook posts about the loss of chickens due to the cold, or a show chicken getting frostbite. We also hear complaints of free loading chickens, that are no longer laying, forcing their owners to buy eggs at the store.

If this sounds like you, please know, it does not have to be this way. We using timed alternative lighting, and minor heat, our hens are healthy, continue to lay and we do not fight frostbite.

We are in South Dakota and there are a lot colder places to live in the USA. I know some of you are fighting the same problems we have had.

One other thing I would like to share is, the little “hobby coops” many farm stores sell, are simply not enough protection, for your chickens,  in freezing winter climates.

Some of my favorite heaters are listed here. It is not about keeping the whole coop warm, it is about keeping it above freezing. Minimizing your frozen water, frost bite, and laying issues.

SWEETER HEATER Infrared Heater Side Mount 11×11, 32 Watt

Living in an area that gets below zero for days at a time and often -20 to -30 below wind chills, our chickens need supplemental heat in their coops.

Heat lamps are a danger to use, a fire risk. We all know this, yet every year we hear about a fire, blamed on heat lamp use.

There are a lot of safe alternatives available, no need to use heat lamps.

The “alternatives” you will see in this post, I have personally used and recommend.

Sweeter heaters, These are one of the only heaters that you can use hanging or standing up. PLUS I use them for Kidding, Lambing, and Farrowing time.

Sweeter Heater has provided a safe alternative to heat lamps for its customers since 1995.

Veterinarians, Zoos, Humane Societies, Livestock Farmers, Chicken Farmers, Hobby Farmers, Backyard Chicken Owners, Kennel Owners, Dog Breeders, Aviaries, Zoos and Herpetologists happily use Sweeter Heaters .

SWEETER HEATER Infrared Heater Side Mount 11×11, 32 Watt

SWEETER HEATER Infrared Heater for Chicks & Pets, Side Mount 11×40, 150 Watt


SWEETER HEATER Infrared Heater for Chicks & Pets, Overhead 11×30, 100 Watt 


Oh my goodness will you look at this new option for your aquarium critters. Sweeter Heater is really looking out for a lot of us.

Cozy Products CL Safe Chicken Coop Heater 200 Watts Safer Than Brooder Lamps, One Size Black  <<— WOO HOO IT IS ON SALE Save $10.00 today 2/28/19

These heaters are safe for chicken coops, recommended by many chicken hatcheries, groups, and breeders. The heater uses Only 200 watts, has no bulbs or lamps to replace & is perfect heat for small animal houses. PLUS Look at the sale above!!

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