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Very pretty, nice they got a day out!  Which brings me to my question - I have three 2 month old chicks who are just about feathered out.  I live in NC where we are getting quite cold at night (nothing like Canada, but cold all the same).  I think I might be making a problem for myself as I've been bringing the chicks in at night and they stay in my bedroom in a 200 Vari Kennel dog crate (the size you would use for a Beagle).  I put them out on a covered porch during the day with a heat mat at their disposal in a covered run as well as their kennel.  Am I hurting them by not letting them experience the deep cold (like down to 10 degrees) at night? Should I just leave them out there with their crate and heat mat and cover them with a comforter?  Help - I don't know what to do!!!!!!!!


If your chicks are only 8 weeks old & brooder raised, then you're not spoiling them by helping them stay warm.  We get those frigid below zero nights & although our coop is not heated, our flock had the opportunity to gradually get used to the outside temps naturally.  We don't go from a 60'F day in Oct straight to a -10'F night in Jan.  As the weather chills, the chickens build up a tolerance.  In the winter, I don't bring mine inside because the sudden temp change could send a bird into shock.  There are plenty of broody hens who decide to hatch & raise chicks in the snow.  I find those chicks feather out very quickly, but they also have mama caring for them.  Brooder chicks mature a little slower.  You will have to take your cues from their behavior.  Are they always under the lamp & heater when outside during the day?  If so, then don't leave them outside at night.  If they're spread out & don't seem bothered by the day temp, then your porch, heater, & cuddling with siblings should help keep them warm through the night. 

 

You probably already know this, but moisture is what makes the cold dangerous.  If water spilled in the coop or there is poor ventilation, the water vapor in the air crystalizes on combs & wattles giving frostbite.  They need protection from gusty winds & drafts, but be very careful not to block air circulation.

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If your chicks are only 8 weeks old & brooder raised, then you're not spoiling them by helping them stay warm.  We get those frigid below zero nights & although our coop is not heated, our flock had the opportunity to gradually get used to the outside temps naturally.  We don't go from a 60'F day in Oct straight to a -10'F night in Jan.  As the weather chills, the chickens build up a tolerance.  In the winter, I don't bring mine inside because the sudden temp change could send a bird into shock.  There are plenty of broody hens who decide to hatch & raise chicks in the snow.  I find those chicks feather out very quickly, but they also have mama caring for them.  Brooder chicks mature a little slower.  You will have to take your cues from their behavior.  Are they always under the lamp & heater when outside during the day?  If so, then don't leave them outside at night.  If they're spread out & don't seem bothered by the day temp, then your porch, heater, & cuddling with siblings should help keep them warm through the night. 

 

You probably already know this, but moisture is what makes the cold dangerous.  If water spilled in the coop or there is poor ventilation, the water vapor in the air crystalizes on combs & wattles giving frostbite.  They need protection from gusty winds & drafts, but be very careful not to block air circulation.


THANK YOU!!!!  I'm going to continue to bring them in a night as they are brooder raised and they are cuddling on the heat mat even during the day.  HOPEFULLY we will only have one more week of this cold weather then we should warm up as we approach March.  Then the little ones can gradually get used to the weather!

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Very pretty, nice they got a day out!  Which brings me to my question - I have three 2 month old chicks who are just about feathered out.  I live in NC where we are getting quite cold at night (nothing like Canada, but cold all the same).  I think I might be making a problem for myself as I've been bringing the chicks in at night and they stay in my bedroom in a 200 Vari Kennel dog crate (the size you would use for a Beagle).  I put them out on a covered porch during the day with a heat mat at their disposal in a covered run as well as their kennel.  Am I hurting them by not letting them experience the deep cold (like down to 10 degrees) at night? Should I just leave them out there with their crate and heat mat and cover them with a comforter?  Help - I don't know what to do!!!!!!!!

 

By 2 months old chickens are capable of regulating their body temperature and surviving significantly cold weather. That said,  @Faraday40 gave you some great advice. Because your birds have been kept indoors this whole time it would probably be quite a shock to them to suddenly have to fend for themselves outside. My advice would be to "wean" them off your in-house comforts. Is there any way you can put them out in their coop and set up a heat lamp in their pen to help them keep warm? Or maybe move their brooder out to the garage first?

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By 2 months old chickens are capable of regulating their body temperature and surviving significantly cold weather. That said,  @Faraday40 gave you some great advice. Because your birds have been kept indoors this whole time it would probably be quite a shock to them to suddenly have to fend for themselves outside. My advice would be to "wean" them off your in-house comforts. Is there any way you can put them out in their coop and set up a heat lamp in their pen to help them keep warm? Or maybe move their brooder out to the garage first?


Boy, don't I wish we had a garage!  But, alas, no.  So until the really cold weather hits this weekend, I'll keep on as I have and this weekend when it doesn't even hit freezing they will just stay in my bedroom in a huge dog crate and we'll get to go back to sweeping up all of their pine shavings!  Thanks for your advice - everyone stay warm!!!!!

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Boy, don't I wish we had a garage!  But, alas, no.  So until the really cold weather hits this weekend, I'll keep on as I have and this weekend when it doesn't even hit freezing they will just stay in my bedroom in a huge dog crate and we'll get to go back to sweeping up all of their pine shavings!  Thanks for your advice - everyone stay warm!!!!!

 

One final suggestion...since they're already living in the house, you might want to consider removing the additional heating sources. They probably don't need it at this point, and not having it will help them acclimate more naturally.

 

Good luck, and stay warm! (It's 83ºF here, so staying warm isn't a problem for me. ;))

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One final suggestion...since they're already living in the house, you might want to consider removing the additional heating sources. They probably don't need it at this point, and not having it will help them acclimate more naturally.

 

Good luck, and stay warm! (It's 83ºF here, so staying warm isn't a problem for me. ;))

 

HOT DOG, I got something right!!!!!  I did stop using their auxiliary heat source last week while they were in the house (the are too large to fit under their "square mama", i.e. heat plate, anyhow and standing on top of it doesn't do any good).  I'm only using the heat mat outside.  THANKS for the tips!

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These are my Bielefelder eggs that came in the mail today. Is the color difference pretty normal? There are two that obviously don't match, and they are all smaller than I thought they would be. I have a red sexlink that lays bigger eggs..... Could they just be pullet eggs? I guess we'll see what hatches out. ^_^

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These are my Bielefelder eggs that came in the mail today. Is the color difference pretty normal? There are two that obviously don't match, and they are all smaller than I thought they would be. I have a red sexlink that lays bigger eggs..... Could they just be pullet eggs? I guess we'll see what hatches out. ^_^


May I ask, Who is the breeder? Because the eggs that I've been getting are rather small (IMO) as well.

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May I ask, Who is the breeder? Because the eggs that I've been getting are rather small (IMO) as well.

Chicken Hill Poultry, located in Middleton Idaho.

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Chicken Hill Poultry, located in Middleton Idaho.


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