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Our chicks are 2 1/2 weeks old.  They all arrived two weeks ago in perfect condition... We are so in love with them!!  What did we ever do before???

They have been been inside the house in a brooder box for the past two weeks although we do let them go outside in a pen for a few hours each day in morning and night when it's not too hot.  We have let them out during the day and they seem to be way too hot even in the shade with a breeze...

I let them sleep outside for the first time night before last. The brooder box had a lid and a light for heat. They were fine so I let then sleep outside again last night. I lost one of the babies last night and I feel so bad!  We have been taking such careful care of the babies. Here it's too hot during the day and although it was about 80 at night that is the only think I can think that happened. 

I couldn't bring myself to tell my 11 year old daughter that we lost one of them.. and I am hoping she won't notice... They will be sleepin' inside for another week or so...

Any advise on raising chicks in the Arizona heat??


Edited by haymil - 8/22/08 at 11:35am
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I live in Tucson and our chicks hatched in May.  When it was really warm at night, I didn't turn the light on because they huddled together for warmth.  Or, if I did turn on the light, I left the lid cracked open a few inches to let some of the heat out, in case it got too hot. 

Luckily my chicks did great and are at the age that I need to get rid of some of my cockerals.

Good luck and congrats on your chicks.

Luv our residents of the Hot Wings Stables- SilverDuckwing OEGB, Black Dutch, Black Orpington bantam, Blue splash OEGB, and lots of laying hens: Ameracauna, buff orpington, barred rock, buckeyes, and 3 roosters to keep them in line.   Also, 1 adoring husband, 2 awesome teenage boys, and 2 cats.
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Luv our residents of the Hot Wings Stables- SilverDuckwing OEGB, Black Dutch, Black Orpington bantam, Blue splash OEGB, and lots of laying hens: Ameracauna, buff orpington, barred rock, buckeyes, and 3 roosters to keep them in line.   Also, 1 adoring husband, 2 awesome teenage boys, and 2 cats.
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I also live in Arizona.  I just moved my 4 weeks out to their coop yesterday.  It is fully shaded.  I have a fan I hung in front of the window circulating air.  I place a frozen milk jug out and put ice in their water.  I got a $10 mister from Home Depot and put it in their run.  I turn it on for about 8 hours during the day.  It is amazing the difference it makes. 

The first day I kept them just in the coop for a few hours so they knew where their water and food was, then I opened up the run.  I have water in three different places, so they are encouraged to drink.  They still pant, but they are always in the water playing and are having a great time.   I turn the fan off at night and have no heat lamp - way to hot for that.  They seem great.  Cross my fingers.

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Everything I read talked about keeping them warm enough, but nothing about them being too warm...

Thanks for your input. I put them out all day on Sunday for the first time. They have shade and it's great when there is a breeze. They love being outsied. I soak a section of their run and they loved it.  I am not ready to leave them out all night until they have some more feathers..


Edited by haymil - 8/25/08 at 11:36am
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