Plug Inside Chicken Coop – Quite Convenient!

Posted: January 6, 2015 in Articles
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Today, we got some snow! It wasn’t much, just about 2-3 inches, but when we opened the coop door this morning, the chickens wouldn’t come out. We swept off their ramp and got a bit of snow out of their run, but they still wouldn’t come out. They really hate snow. Anyway, since they couldn’t come out to eat their food, drink their water, and roam about in their snowy space, we had to put their food and water inside.

Since it’s so cold now, we had to buy a chicken water heater which must be plugged in in order to work. How did we plug it in once it was in the hutch? No big deal! While we were building it, my dad and I furnished the chicken coop with electricity. We put a receptacle outside the coop and ran electrical wire from the outside receptacle to another receptacle inside the coop. Now to power the coop, we run an extension cord from our house to the outside receptacle and plug it in. This powers the receptacle on the inside of the coop, just as if the coop were wired for electric service. Through that slightly complicated process, we can have something like a light bulb inside the coop.

In this case, it was a heated base for the chickens’ watering can. They seemed to appreciate the food and unfrozen water. In any case, we’re just noting that this is a really good design that we thankfully thought up and if you’re in the process of building a chicken coop, we strongly suggest you consider putting a plug inside it šŸ™‚

  1. Libby says:

    Lucky chickens. Great idea, I wish had thought of it when we kept chickens!

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