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Outdoor brooding in South Georgia

post #1 of 5
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Hello All,

 

New to backyard chicks. The wife and I just got 6 little peepers who are only about 5 days old. After 5 days of stinking up the house despite daily crate cleanings, the wife would very much like to create an outdoor solution.

 

We currently have them in a 30 gallon rubber maid tote with a small feeder and waterer and about 2 inches of pine shavings. If I put them on the porch, secure the top with hardware cloth for the cats, cover 80% of the top with a sheet of plywood( also secured) to retain heat and keep out the drafts, and have two lamps shining in the side, will that be sufficient to brood them outside? Lows this week get as far down as 42. 

 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

Good thinking. You won't regret the decision. There are many reasons why this move is a good one, and I've talked about all of them in my article on outdoor brooding in the second link below.

 

Chicks do just fine in quite cold temps as long as they're protected from drafts and dampness and have an adequate source of heat.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks. The wife was concerned about them getting too cold. . . after she demanded I get them out of the house. She also nixed the idea of using her bathtub, her craft room, and her nursery. I mean, we are getting a nursery ready to raise a baby . . . why not baby chicks?

The chicks appear to be happy and warm enough for now, we'll see by morning.
post #4 of 5
I live in South ga too and currently have 35 chicks outside. They will be fine smile.png
post #5 of 5

I raise all of mine outside in a pen in the run, and I'm in northern Wyoming.  Last year's chicks were brooded outdoors with temps in the teens and twenties, and I used a heating pad instead of heat lamp out there.  Didn't lose a single chick out of 3 batches, and never had one sick, either.  

 

@azygous has a great outdoor setup as well.

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