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My chicks are about 6 weeks old now.  I've been taking them out to let them "play" in their run during the day, when it's warmer, but bringing them in during the cooler nights.  Morning before last, my 2 Buff Orpington pullets were sitting all puffed up and almost unresponsive.  One was wheezing.  We got hit with a cold front coming thru the day before and they had gotten a bit chilled before I got out there and brought them in.  I was so scared that morning!  I got a little water in the 2 pullets - dripping it off my finger and into their mouths.  Then I put a heating pad under their brooder bin.  After about an hour, they seemed much perkier and they seem fine, now.   Was it just that they got chilled or is there more I should be concerned about?

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Chickens don't handle extreme temperature fluctuations well. Quite possibly that was what your chicks were suffering from, not the cold itself.


If it had been in the 70s when you left them outdoors to play and the cold front moved in and the temperature dropped down to the 30s, then even fully feathered chicks would suffer the extreme drop in temp. The reverse is also true - suddenly being exposed to heat when they aren't acclimated can do in a chicken.


Since they seem to be improving after being warmed up, they'll probably be okay. But remember for in the future that chickens need to be gradually exposed to temperature changes, not suddenly.

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I get worried about the hot temperatures that my area has. So worried about our heat that I bought a shade cloth for their enclosed run and a box fan to plug in. Our temperature fluctuations can be quite extreme.
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