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How to acclimate chicks to cooler night time temps when brooder ambient temp doesn't drop below 75 at night

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I live in Southwest Florida where our daytime temps are 80 currently and night time temps in the mid to low 60's. 10 chicks all 5 weeks old and all feathered except a few aren't feathered fully on their heads. They are living in my garage without a heat lamp currently. My question is, how do I acclimate them to the cooler night time temps when my garage doesn't get below the low 70's even over night? Can I just move them to the coop or is that too much of a shock to them? They haven't had the heat lamp on overnight for a couple of days. All are normal sized chickens, not bantams. 3 Delawares, 1 Partridge Rock, 2 Australorps, 2 EE and 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes. Thanks so much for any help and suggestions you can provide. Guess I should also mention the coop is not drafty, but is well ventilated. I don't want to use a heat lamp in the coop as the thought of having a fire is terrifying!
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I would personally move them out to the coop, you can always close up some vents to keep it a bit warmer overnight, but they should sleep in a huddle for a while and keep themselves warm.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Thanks old hen!
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They should be fine in that weather without heat. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they are behaving ok.
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Dropping from 70s to 60s shouldn't be  problem at all.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Can I just take a moment to say "Thank the Lord I don't live in Florida!" I would die from heat!! ☀️😳☀️
My chicks moved from 70 degree temps to overnight high 40's low 50's temps when they were 5 weeks old. That was mid October here in Washington. I know, you are thrilled you don't live in Washington! LOL

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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Bird believer, I was actually born and raised in Washington. Lived there for 23 years. Still have tons of family in the Bothell/Everett area.
Edited by cajun41887 - 12/3/15 at 2:32am
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