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Originally Posted by family4god5 View Post

We have chick's that are 6 weeks old. I put them out in their coup and run during the day (California ) because it is about 72-80. I want to know how soon they can stay all night in their coup? Nights are down to a low of 48. They appear to be fully feathered but not exactly sure as we are a new chicken family. Also, when it is ok to leave them overnight, do you keep food and water in their coup or just in their run? Thank you!

That's plenty mature to need nothing.

 

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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post
... So in theory it can be stressful to provide heat.

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Originally Posted by SusanD View Post
 

Thanks, for the reply.  What we are using is heat tape - I did look that up, and it sounds like the fire/electric shock/burn risk is less than with fire lamps, but not zero.  So, given that it's not needed, I think I would be in favor of unplugging it.  I will broach that with my Dad after Thanksgiving, when the temperatures go back up above freezing, if not sooner.

 

As far as the chickens' comfort is concerned, I should clarify that the coop air temperature is 30 something (we have a thermometer in place) and our lows are 20 something.  Please do let me know if those temperatures raise discomfort/heat stress issues that we should know about.

The only real problem I see is that providing heat with electricity is expensive. You're negating any slight advantage it may be to raising chickens.

 

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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post

It was 4 degrees above zero Fahrenheit when I took this photo. I always leave the pop door open during the day and let them decide what to do regardless of weather. As long as there is not snow on the ground or a strong really cold wind is not blowing, they practically always choose to go outside.
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I cover snow with straw and that's about all I do for them - other than fresh air, water and food.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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