Thoes of you close to Erie. I have chicks that are 27 days old. 10 of them. This is my first winter with chickens. I put them in the barn/coop with a heat lamp and water and such I am just scared they are to cold. Am I being silly or have I messed up? Should I bring them back in side my house? It's like 10 degrees during the day today.
If the chicks haven't been acclimated to the cold by either a broody or by gradual exposure then you have to make sure they are comfortable with the set up, the guys already described how to judge based on their proximity to the light. To improve your chances for a good transition you may set up a draft free area and place a comfy nesting spot in one end with the heat lamp at a comfortable distance for them and food/water at the other side so they have to roam out into the cooler part of the area to eat and drink. doing this will force them to stray out of their comfort zone for at least short times to start getting used to it. If you are doing this though you will have to monitor them closely for chicks getting stuck or lost in the wrong end of the enclosure... sometimes they aren't the brightest.
I just vasolined all my kides combs tonight. my oldest roo hardly has a comb left after 3 years of frost bite of course he's leghorn. but some of my girls stay out in the run on there roost all night watching the voles eat there food. I'n never seen so many as this year.
How are the EE boys doing? Hope you are getting lots of fluffy cheeked little ones!
Yep, our roos are also 'apartment shoppers' for the girls.... we joke that they are like real estate agents, singing the praises of the great places they manage to find.
Edited by fisherlady - 1/5/15 at 9:16pm