I know this is a frequent topic of discussion but was hoping for some personalized advice. We live in southern VT, where spring is just arriving (after the winter that never was)...we have four chicks who are six weeks old. All but one are fully feathered on their heads and necks (the fourth has a few pin feathers still) and they all seem to have super fluffy bottoms (when they go outside during the day to play and the wind blows, the feathers fluff up like mad!).
They will be moving to an A-frame coop/run structure that is finally finished and fully predator-proof (hardware cloth everywhere, including the bottom).
They have been living in a room in our basement, in two big cardboard boxes attached to each other by a door. Heat lamp has been gone for about a week and we use a 100-watt light to give them some extra bright light during the day. Lights off at night and it is probably about 60-65 degrees in there at night.
The high/low temps here for the next week or so are as follows:
Mon 54/37 (with a little snowflake symbol?! ***?)
The coop is in the garage right now and we could put a tarp under it and throw some pine shavings in and move the chicks out there until it's a little warmer, but I'm not sure if I'm babying them too much. We could also run an extension cord and lamp out to the coop though the weather looks a bit wet for me to be totally comfortable with that plan.
Thoughts? Advice much appreciated!!