Originally Posted by henless
Don't put them outside without some form of heat. Either the MHP or go get a heat lamp. Make sure they have a wind break.
I put last years chicks outside the day I got them. They ranged from 2 days to 1 week old. They went out in DH's shop, which was great for wind break. Temps got down in the 20's and they did great. This was the last week of February.
The minimum size coop you need is 8'x4'. Since you have a good amount of snow where you live, I would try to make it a bit bigger or else make sure you have a covered run. There will be a lot of days when they may not want to go outside.
You need to start building the coop now. They will grow faster than you think and will quickly outgrow their brooder.
Do you have your own thread started? If not, you could start one and it would be easier to keep all your questions in the same place. Be easier to reference back to them also.
Work on your coop! Your going to need it sooner than later!!
I'll definitely put heat out there. I think I'll go with the heating pad because I worry about the fire risk with the heat lamps. Only thing is though is that I'd have to get a very long extension cord to run out there because we won't have electricity out there. Although the basement door is actually pretty close and there's plugs inside so would probably go with that door. But it's still quite a distance and I'd need to figure out how to close the door. Anyway, point being, maybe I should just keep them in the garage and then put them in the coop when they're older? The adults don't need heat, right? And probably a stupid question but what's a wind break? Because I'm assuming it's a place to get away from the wind but I would have thought that the coop would provide that? Or do you mean like add walls or.plastic or something to the run so they have a break out there as well?
It's so amazing how hardy chickens are and especially little baby chicks. I've heard a couple stories now about similar things, it being in the twenties or teens or in the negative digits and them being perfectly fine, even young chicks. You always hear about how they need to be so warm all the time.
Yeah, that's about the size I was thinking but when I sti had the other one I was thinking about adding a little extension, maybe 4x4 as a roost thing and extra room, since 4x8 is only big enough for 8 and that's at the very limit so didn't wanna push it but now obviously I only have the 8 but I might still add it or something similar. I never even thought about taking into account the "snow days", youre so smart. Definitely will take that into consideration. Although, we have a family acquaintance who's my uncle's neighbors son and also I think manager of the local farm store and he has I think like... 50? Right now he said and he said that they'll be out walking in the snow and also that they don't really feel temperature through their feet and that he doesn't put heat or anything in and that he hasn't lost one in a really long time. Any of that true? Guess ot depends on personal experience? Will definitely make it as big as possible though! We have a couple pallets and we might buy some new wood too. We're actually thinking of just putting an addition on the dog house. Hopefully it won't be too difficult but we'll see. If I had gotten less I wouldn't even need an addition.
oh well though.
I'll definitely start building though because you're right, it seems like so much time but it really isn't and once the snow falls I won't be able to do anything so I really need to get moving. Fortunately though, we're clearing out the whole bottom of the garage tomorrow though and just bought hardware cloth today so can make quite a big area hopefully so we'll see. Although I think my mom wants them to stay in a kiddie pool but not sure. Either way though, they'll either be moving to a bigger pool or a bigger space than either pool. But they can't stay in the garage forever and you're right that they grow fast, they already seem bigger to me and are starting to fly, so I really should get building. Especially given that I know nothing about building haha. Hopefully though since we're just adding an addition it won't take very long.
I do not have my own thread but that's a brilliant idea! I actually have started other threads before but it's usually just random, just when I actually have a question or story or whatever, but making a master post/thread is such a good idea and definitely much easier than trying to dig through long posts or dig up old threads! Will have to do that. Not really sure how to start itg though in terms of how to describe it or whatever.
I'll definitely start working though and thank you very much.
And you know, it's actually supposed to be really nice this week and I think next so maybe I should start working before the weather turns!!