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what temp should baby chicks be kept at 4 weeks old

post #1 of 10
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can anyone help me with what temp baby chicks should be kept at when they are 4 weeks old and when I can start keeping them out side cheers

post #2 of 10

You go down 5 degrees each week. So around 80 degrees or so.  As far as putting them outside, it depends on shelter and your weather, etc. All that matters. smile

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post #3 of 10

I think this all depends on where you live.

My chicks will be 4 weeks old next week and will go outside with no heat lamp. Just in the coop.... but I live in Central FL.

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post #4 of 10

They require 95 degrees for the first week, then decrease by 5 degrees each following week.

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post #5 of 10

I live in Indiana. I put my chicks out in the coop at 5 weeks in mid-December.  They were feathered and I put a heat lamp out there.  But, at times the temp got down in the low 30's in the coop. They all lived.

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post #6 of 10
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i live in england so it can be a bit cold some times I am hoping it will warm up a bit before i have to put them out

post #7 of 10

I know they say 5 degrees a week, but I think its more important to go with what your chicks are telling you. I got mine at ten days old and they like their temps right around 82 then already. They're now two and half weeks old and its about 75 during the day, and I put the red lamp on at night making it closer to 80. The 80 does however have them spraweld out across their box. None in distress or hiding in the shadey corners or anything, but  they certainly aren't cold. I live in central PA where we are having some unusually cold weather right now (normally it's 50's-60's most days this time of year, lately it's been 30's and 40's) but before this codl streak I had actually planned on giving the girls some outside time for a few minutes this week and hopefully having them completely off the heat lamp by the end of next week. They say it may get to 68 friday or saturday so I might still try at the end of this week...they need some roaming time! Anyway, the point of this whole thing (sorry I'm long winded) was to tell you, see how they react to temperatures more than textbook specifications.

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5 white leghorn hens, 1 RIR roo, and 5 of their babies (4 hens, 1 roo) mostly all of them light golden colored or light brown with black flecks throughout (11wks). Planning another hatch in May '10! (PREVIOUSLY)

NOW.... 2 pekin ducks and 4 Buff Orphs....all almost 12 weeks old, unsure of sexes!
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post #8 of 10

I just put my ~5 week old chicks out in the coop this weekend (eastern long island, ny, 30s-40s at night, 50s during day, windy).  I have a 100w bulb in there and for peace of mind I put my external temp. sensor for my weather station in there with them so I can monitor their temp when I'm up in the middle of the night with my 7 month old...  The temp has stayed above 60 near the light and the chicks seem fine.  They were just too darn big and causing too much dust to remain in the house.  Great site you have here, thanks.

post #9 of 10

my chicks moved out to the coop at 2 weeks old in temps in the 20s and 30s at night outside (it was late february), so I gave them two heat lamps and made sure the coop was closed up and draft-free and they've been great ever since.

At four weeks, they should have 75-80 degrees, but just hang the lamp and adjust it until they are comfortable - moving around the coop/brooder without huddling under the light and peeping (too cold) or panting and staying away from the lamp (too hot).

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post #10 of 10
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some great advice there thanks

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