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post #21 of 22

If you were wearing a full down parka, would you need any extra heat, especially if the temp was 90F?

 

Chick by five or six weeks are fully feathered to the equivalent of wearing a down parka. They certainly do not need a heat lamp at 90 F. Or even 60F. Would you?

post #22 of 22
I live 20 miles away from the ocean in southern Oregon. Nights get down to the lower 30s - 50s. 8 weeks ago I put my 13, week-wk 1/2 old chicks outside. I watched the weather knowing that it would be cool, as in low 40s but not in the 30s yet. No heat lamp, just in a rectangular cardboard box left on its side, inside a coop box 2' by 1' wide. I left them with lots of hay to lay on and closed up the doors. They all did great! Even the week after when it was in the lower 30s. They are all 9 weeks old now and I took the cardboard box out 4 weeks ago. At that same time I left the front door open to their run. They are closed off from my 4 older chickens so that the older ones can adjust to the younger ones who will soon be transitioned to the group.
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