Originally Posted by KDOGG331
Okay so they seem to be enjoying it but they are piled up in a huge pile on the opposite corner from the heating pad, is that bad? They were on top of it the first time i went out (my mom had turned the light off a bunch so they were asleep but woke up from me checking on them with flashlight so i turned big light on at least 10-20 mins then went back out and sat with them a bit, etc. Etc. Then put flashlight on for 15 to let them go to bed) but now away from it. I worry. Especially with a real corner. The pool didn't have corners so maybe that is why but I have heard stories of suffocated chicks but have also heard 8 isn't enough pressure. Either way, it is COLD tonight and they have been in the house for 3 weeks so I am worried BUT I also have been hearing, from this very thread, that right around 3 to 4 weeks is when they start piling up away from the heat so maybe kind of bad timing to put them out there/kind of a bad time for them to choose not to go under their first night in the cold. But my dad says it's not that cold tonight so who knows. I guess that isbwhat feathers are for. And they sure do havr a lot. The EEs have big huge full wings already which is hilarious considering their body size.
Here they are though.
MHP over here.
Honestly, when mine did this (way too young to be feathered out), I was worried enough that I just moved them under the heater (concerned that they wouldn't find it in the dark if they got cold). If I were you, this is what I'd do for tonight (so you can sleep without worry), and then rethink it in the morning. You won't hurt them by moving them under - if they're warm, they'll move out again and stretch themselves out at the opening. In my experience, they will pile for comfort or if frightened or unsure, even at 85F, and even at 8 weeks, so that doesn't necessarily mean they're cold.
If it's going to be very cold and you just moved them, I'd move them under the MHP, for my own peace of mind... (So you won't feel like you have to keep checking on them.)
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