Originally Posted by cuttingedge1975
Yes, I have a brooder lamp that I can put out in the coop with them. I was thinking that I could put the dog crate in the coop and hang the brooder lamp above it for them to have a "warmer spot". Maybe I can confine them to the crate at night?
Yes, that should work just fine! For added safety, you could drill a few small holes around the outer edges of the lamp and wire it directly onto the top of the dog crate (assuming its a wire style crate). At least if you're using a smaller wattage bulb (you can get 60-150 in the reptile sections of most pet stores), that'll put the heat source a little closer to them, yet it'll be safe. I know they will LOVE the extra space of being in their new coop...and I'm sure you'll appreciate the lack of dust in your home!! LOL!
I was such a nervous nellie that first night of putting chicks out into the coop - it's a relief yet nerve-racking at the same time...