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Plan to move to coop at 3 weeks please help

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So my chicks are 10 days old and i anticipate the coop being complete in about a week to week and a half. I have thoroughly enjoyed brooding them indoors, watching them grow and having them near so my family can spend time with them. I do however plan to move them out at about 3 weeks old. I live in MA and the nighttime temps will likely be in the 40s so heat will still be needed. Ive been using a heatlamp indoors with a red bulb and they've been doing great. They tolerate a temp of about 78 under the lamp right now. I a toying with the idea of transitioning to the heating pad outdoors but my question is this....my girls love to roost already. LOVE it. Once in the coop wont theyre intincts still be to roost verses hide under the pad? Im wondering if based on how theyve been raised thus far if im just better off providing them a red bulb and a roost. Thoughts? As far as day and night go, i find that once all ambient lights are off in tge house and the sun goes down, they know even with the red bulb that its night time...and they sleep. It hasnt mixed up their days/nights at all.
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I don't have your answer but am in a very similar situation so I'm looking forward to replies!

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mrv19, when I move my chicks to the coop, I have a small section where there is no drafts but air can circulate. I used to use a red heat lamp but now I use ceramic heat emitters instead, this way when it gets dark there is no light inside the coop. I got some from e-bay and use them in the winter for late hatches. Last year I had a broody hen in December, she was in a section of the coop so I put one of these emitters in her section so the chicks were warm without being under the hen all the time.  You can Google them and choose the wattage you need, I have some 250W and some 100W for when they don't need a lot of heat.


Edited by FarmerMac - 3/18/16 at 5:05am
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I will look into that thanks. I understand that chicks instincts at first are to warm up hiding under something (to simulate a mama hen) but where mine have gotten used to not needing that right from the start and now want to be up as high as possible im just not too sure if a heating pad cave will work as well as. Hard to know. Thanks!
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I will look into that thanks. I understand that chicks instincts at first are to warm up hiding under something (to simulate a mama hen) but where mine have gotten used to not needing that right from the start and now want to be up as high as possible im just not too sure if a heating pad cave will work as well as. Hard to know. Thanks!


What you can do is place the heat emitter above the roosting bar so they will  have heat as they sleep.

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