I have 3 six day old chicks housed in an outdoor coop/brooder at the moment. I'm keeping them on my covered front porch for the time being to keep them out of the wind and rain, but it has been getting in the 30s-40s at night and 60s-70s during the day. They seem to spend all their time in their "Mama Heating Pad" cave, so I was a bit concerned that they're too cold - but they're always very quiet! If they aren't eating or drinking, they're hanging out very quietly in their cave. I've always heard unhappy chicks will be noisy chicks and that's certainly not the case here, so should I assume they're feeling okay? What do you all think?
Here is their coop. I have a blanket pinned over the wire side at night to keep out wind. I pull it up during the day to give them a bit more light. They have their feeder, a water bucket with four nipples drilled into the bottom, and a feather duster to simulate sitting beneath a mother hen. They actually seem to like that occasionally. In the corner you can see their heating pad cave.
Made basically the same as in Blooie's original thread with a chicken wire cave, the Sunbeam heating pad set to the highest setting (6), with a Press-n-Seal wrapped towel draped over the top.
They seem pretty happy to me...