Thank you : )
And yes I do have space ready in the yard out back. I just thought they would be fine inside for a couple of weeks until it warms more at night outside. Maybe not though? I could let them take over the master bath if need be.
If you have a way to keep them warm out in their coop, you can brood them out there.
I have 32 five week old chicks right now, 24 that I ordered from Ideal and 8 that I hatched. I started them out in my bathtub on a heating pad.
We've had extra warm weather for February here in Texas so I was able to move them outside to their brooder/coop sooner than expected. I have a heat lamp in it that I can use if the temp goes down. They're now going outside in a small covered fenced area during the day.
We have hawks so our whole backyard is covered by netting to protect our older chickens.
Sounds like you're doing a great job!
Oh, this is my second year as a chick mom, I didn't lose anyone the first year, this is the first time they shipped for me. Thanks for the kind words. Know that you have done your best, and I would have paid to see chick CPR. Once your girls are bigger, you will be able to get past the losses. I have a full tme job keeping on top of my job as a chickie mom to 52 right now!
You didn't kill him, he just wasn't strong enough to survive the stress of shipping. Even when you hatch your own chicks, you loose some. Some chicks just don't make it. That's just how it goes. I've had to put weak/sick/malformed chicks down, myself. It's just part of raising chicks.