Originally Posted by appps
Do you think only another week? I was counting down the reduce temp by 3c per week and thinking it's going to be another month? Or does it sort of plateau out when they feather up and you don't need the gradual decreases?
That whole "n degrees for the first week, n-x degrees the next week" thing is a bunch of malarky. I bought into it as well with the older ones. The now 21 week old birds were mail order but raised by a broody hen. Have to be continuously at 35C for the first week, then 32 for the next week? Bull hockey (or the Aussie equivalent )! Those littles were out from under Zorra in 12C temps a LOT even the day after I stuck them under her (then 4 days old). She had them out in the run at 5 days and would take them back into the brooding pen periodically (their food and water were in there) and at night. At 2 weeks she decided "to heck with having to wait for the stupid looking chicken with no feathers to let us out in the morning" and took them up into one of the nest boxes. Access perch at 18", lip of the box at 2'.
Go read through Blooie's Mama Heating Pad thread:
to see what is a much more natural way (for the next time).
They need nothing once they are fully feathered. My now 3 Y/O hens went out to the barn at 3 weeks because they were getting out of the brooder bathtub but couldn't get back in. Besides that, I didn't REALLY need all the chick poop on the newspaper covered bathroom floor It was July and the night time temps were about what you have now. Give them a nice quantity of shavings to settle in to and they will probably be fine.
All of the 7 broody raised Juves were up on the roosts by 4 weeks. Some still stuffed under Zorra (as best a chick that old can on a roost) but most looked just like all the older hens. Parked up there next to another bird.
Originally Posted by Chipper Chicken
You're very welcome! I'm planning on doing something like the last links on my house, maybe this winter. The website Says plan for 3-5 days work...that's for 1100 sq' and someone that knows what there doing...
But for a coop, probably a lot less. Add in some black water barrels to slowly release extra heat over night, also passive, and it might be enough......
there are so many projects on that site I can get side tracked for hours....
but lots of great ideas regardless. I'm going to put a 45watt 3 panel harbor freight solar system on my coops roof with batteries. We'll see if I can make something like @blooie 's mamabrooder run off of it
to keep the chickies warm.
I think the Sunbeam pad runs about 65W of power. That is per hour. I'm sorry to say that you won't run it with a 45w solar panel unless you have a HUGE bank of batteries already charged. And you need an inverter to convert the 12V to 120V. And you can't charge a battery while it is being used so you need automatic isolating technology to charge part while the other part is being used. Really, much as permanent extension cords are to be avoided, you can get waterproof connectors (if you have to link some together) for a LOT less than solar panels and batteries. Run your MHP off that for a few weeks then pull in the cords. And for the next time, if the ground allows, rent a trencher, make a minimum 18" deep trench between the house and the coop, thread 12-3 wire through underground rated conduit and wire up the coop permanently Basic electrical work isn't hard but it MUST be done correctly. Reseach this if you are handy, get an electrician otherwise.