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To Heat or not to Heat your Coop this Winter

Posted 10/10/2014 8:05 am by

Image courtesy mary jane’s farm magazine

Some well-known chicken experts flat out say no – never, ever heat your coop. Their rationale is that people have been raising chickens forever, even before electricity was invented, so chickens don’t need heat. I don’t agree with that completely.

Remember, generations ago, not only did chickens most likely sleep right in the barn along with the other animals, maybe even snuggled up next to a fuzzy sheep or roosting on the rafters above a pen full of warm cows, but back then people only had breeds that were indigenous to their particular climate. They weren’t ordering fancy breeds from a breeder or getting a box of chicks delivered by their mail carrier!
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