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Hello. We are in Michigan and have about 50 meat chickens that are almost 3 weeks old. They haven't been under the heat lamp in a few days and are doing great. Right now they are in our garage. Our lows have been in the low 40s to high 30s at night. When can we move them to the chicken tractor outside? Thanks for your help!
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Can you crack a window in your garage to get their brooder slowly worked down to the same temp as outside? Our garage doesn't get below 60, so we had to try to control the drop in temperature about 3-5 degrees each day.  Definitely, at first keep the windows closed at night so it doesn't get too cold.  Or you can move them outside if you can run the heat lamp out there for night time. Just remember Cornish X are very prone to piling up when they are trying to get warm, and will often suffocate the chicken on the bottom. But if you have a ranger or other meat bird you will probably be fine. And keep an eye on the "feels like" temperature! We had a difference of 8 degrees one night and had to bring all of ours back in to the brooder because we thought the low would be 40, and the feels like was 32!! 

They can handle low temperatures, but you have to condition them for it first. Start with a tiny crack and see how much that changes the day time temp in your garage/brooder. :)

We raise broilers in the spring & Turkeys in the summer/fall. We also have dominiques, Easter Eggers, silkies, barnyard specials, red sex links, silver laced wyandottes, buff orpingtons, light brahmas, blue cochin, & polish. All loved by a toddler & brindle boxer. 4 generations on one farm 😊 We have a couple cows and 5 pigs, too!
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We raise broilers in the spring & Turkeys in the summer/fall. We also have dominiques, Easter Eggers, silkies, barnyard specials, red sex links, silver laced wyandottes, buff orpingtons, light brahmas, blue cochin, & polish. All loved by a toddler & brindle boxer. 4 generations on one farm 😊 We have a couple cows and 5 pigs, too!
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