Bubra-I assume you are in a warm climate? In case it helps you decide what to do, our lows are about 60 (darn cold front), and they're in the garage which is fairly well insulated so I'm guessing keeps them around 70. I'm impressed with them though; they're still all fuzzy for the most part and I remember keeping a heat lamp on my RSL and leghorns for approximately 5 1/2 years
Ralphie, thanks for the welcome! I've been reading through this whole thread so I feel like I've been creeping on you and your past...my husband knows you as "that guy in Minnesota
And thanks for the concern y'all; my chicks have grit
I'll check out the article by the amazing chicken god author quick question though since you addressed it; do you start withholding food from the beginning? I am currently giving them a set amount in the am, which I started with the thought of "once it's gone, it's gone," but they really aren't eating much during the day--is it better if I feed them twice daily, pulling out whatever they don't eat after a while?
What I do and we all do it differently, I give them 2 days of as much as they can eat of high protein. Then I go to twice a day feedings. 15-20 minutes is all. By 14 days I have them free ranging, I only feed them at night then to get them back in the cage. they have to run too because they know dinner only lasts 20 minutes. By 4-5 weeks they will be 200 feet or more out chasing bugs. Never feed them breakfast if you want them to catch bugs and free range. They are like teenagers. if you let them lie around for an hour in the morning, they will lie around all day long!