Cold chickens are unhappy chickens. In some cases, they will be dead chickens. This means that if you have a chicken coop, you probably are going to want to be doing something that can help to keep your chickens nice and warm should the temperature drop. Thankfully, a good chicken coop heater will go a long way towards helping out. Here are five of the best chicken coop heaters around.
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MagicFly Chicken Coop Heater
Let’s start with this awesome chicken coop heater from MagicFly. This heater can adjust the temperature between 130F and 160F. This is all done via a remote control. This means that you do not even worry about having to go into the coop.
If you think that your chickens are a little bit too cold, just crank up the heat on the remote control and you are ready to roll.
It isn’t a power-hungry unit either. Only 165-watts of energy are consumed, and this is barely anything in the world of heaters.
Safety features help to prevent the chickens from being able to turn the coop heater off. There is also a protection feature in place to prevent the MagicFly Chicken Coop Heater from running the risk of a fire.
To cap it all off, this bit of kit can be mounted in several different ways in the chicken coop!
K&H Pet Products Heat Pad
Next up, we have a heat pad from K&H products. Like the MagicFly option, this one can be mounted in several ways e.g. on the bottom of the coop, or one of the walls of the chicken coop.
However, unlike the MagicFly option, you do not have a temperature control.
Instead, the K&H Pet Products heat pad will automatically adjust the temperature based upon the use and the current temperature. This means that your chickens will always be at the right temperature. You don’t have to worry about anything at all.
If that wasn’t enough, this pad is highly energy-efficient. Since it is not going to be able to reach the incredibly hot temperatures of the pad before, this is able to get up to around 40-watts.
This means that it is going to be perfect for those that want a heat pad for select resting areas of their chicken coop. We can’t imagine that it is going to be the most brilliant heating pad in the world for those that want to heat the whole coop, but it has not been designed for that at all.
Cozy Products Chicken Coop Heater
This chicken coop heater from Cozy Products can heat the entire chicken coop. it is a 200-watt heater. This means that it should be fine for small to medium-sized coops.
It is designed to be mounted on the side of the coop. It is easy to mount and, as you may imagine, all of the instructions that you need are included.
This is a maintenance-free chicken coop heater. Other than maybe cleaning it every once in a while, you don’t have to do much other than ensure that it has a consistent power supply. There are people out there that have been using this product for absolutely years with the minimum amount of fuss.
The cord for this coop heater has designed to be ‘safe’ to use around chickens. This is because it is completely peck-proof. No matter how much your chickens decide to peck at it, they simply are not going to get through the rubber. However, in the interests of safety, it may still be worth checking out every so often, just to make sure!
Wuhostam Infrared Ceramic Heat Light
We have something a little bit different here because, of course, these are designed for reptiles and use in aquariums. These are lightbulbs, which means that you are going to need to have some light socket to install them into.
Obviously, this is going to require a tiny bit more effort on your part as you need to install the lighting system. However, if you can do that, you will have a decent set of heat lamps for a smaller coop.
You will also have a bit more control over where the heat is directed.
Each bulb should last for 15,000 hours. Since you have 2 bulbs in here, you are going to be able to enjoys years of use out of them. They operate at 100-watts, which means that it won’t be taking that much in the way of power.
This is great if you have one of the smaller chicken coops that needs to be heated without having to budget a huge amount for electricity.
Because these bulbs can get quite hot, they are probably going to be best for those with taller chicken coops where there is little risk with the chickens actually coming into contact with the bulbs.
Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter
Let’s wrap up with another lamp that has been designed for reptiles and aquariums, but can also work reasonably well in smaller chicken coops. The difference with this heat lamp and the previous bulbs is that you do not actually need a dedicated lighting system.
This can just be plugged in and clipped wherever you want the heat in the chicken coop to be. In fact, this heat emitter is going to hold the bulbs that we just talked about, so if you want an ‘easy to use’ heating system, then combine the two.
As we said, this can be clipped where you want it in the chicken coop. This means that it is going to be fantastic for those people that are looking for a temporary heating solution in the chicken coop. Just plug it in, and leave it for a few days if you want. It is only going to take 100-watts of power, which means that it is not going to have a huge impact on your energy bill.
This may not be something for all chicken coops, but it is certainly going to be worth looking into for the vast majority of people.
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