Originally Posted by stroud2009
I wasn't sure how to individually answer to each response . The chicks are only 3 weeks and I'm not sure if we should love them out yet , it's still cold at night .
We don't have any adults chickens to help them out . We were forced to start over from scratch ..
On a scale 1-10... Today it was a 7. When I would come home from class I could smell the stinky chicks . And I just changed everything out two days before . Maybe they need to be in something ?
Mine are outside from the first....and I'm in Northern Wyoming. I've had chicks a few days old handle temps in the teens, 60 mph winds and sideways blowing snow with never an issue. I have 3 out there this year that went out soon after coming out of the incubator. I have 14 eggs set in the incubator and they'll go out as soon as they are dry, fluffy, and I know they can eat and drink. These little stinkers are tougher than they look. Mama Hen will hatch chicks in some of the most awful weather, and she doesn't warm them 24/7 - she just does her chicken thing while they run around all over the place, exploring and learning to be chickens. They just duck under her for a quick warm-up and then dash back out for more fun. I'm sorry you had to start over..I didn't realize that when I posted.
Originally Posted by ChickNanny13
The "joys" of chicks....As robdog's equation states! I use a plastic bin (105 qt - 116qt) size depending on how many I got. Used to use shaving but they get it in their water & water gets all over the place. Then I tried disposable bed liners, they still get water all over however I found it easier to clean and not as "messy". Not sure what the outside temp is in your area but you should be able to move them out in a secure room/building with a MHP. Once they're feathered, hope you got a coop for them ready, a lot of work until then.
Just 12 hours old and using a horizontal nipple already.