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Too cold for 3 - week chicks?

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I'm in Humble Texas, right outside of Houston. It's been in the 70s-80s the last couple days and we put our 3 week old chicks out in the coop today. They're pretty excited and seem happy. I just looked at the forecast for tonight and is going to dip into the 50s. Is that too cold for 3 weekers? They were on a lamp at 80° and a few days ago I turned off the lamp and they have been fine at room temp 70-75°.
Edited by LynnDJackson - 3/5/16 at 3:40pm
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It is too cold for 3 week old chicks, they probably haven't even got all of their feathers yet. They are usually completely feathered by 6 weeks.

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post #3 of 8
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Ok thanks! I left the brooder box set up so I'll just bring them back inside. At least they got a little fresh air and to play in their run and check out the new coop. 😊
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My almost 3 week old chicks are outside in the coop. In Wisconsin. With temps below freezing at night. As long as they have a place to get warm, they will be fine. 

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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post #5 of 8
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My coop is small with no heat source. And no Momma hens to hang out with.
post #6 of 8

It's a very good strategy to let them go outside during the day and bring them in where it's warm at night for the next two weeks. By the time they're five weeks old, they should be pretty much acclimated to being outside without heat as long as you wean them off the heat indoors now.

 

Since your days are nice and warm, if you have a run, let them romp outside and try a little low level flight. Fun for everyone.

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Great, thanks! That's exactly what I'll do.
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I live in Bryan and my 30 3-week-olds have been outside for half this week. We also have been having wonderful weather, but it does get chilly at night. I've found with as many chicks as I have they keep each other quite warm. I have an insulated box in their run that allows them to get out of the wind but there is no extra heat source. They are loving being outside! They are also feathering out faster.

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Chickens: Sex-Links, Ameracaunas, Copper Marons, Frizzle Batman, American Game Hens, Old English Game Bantams, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Silkie/Cochin Bantam Rooster, Production Reds, and assorted Barnyard Mutts

Dogs: 4 Longhaired Miniature Dachshunds

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