Originally Posted by aart
With as many times as I've advised on moving chicks outside, I am nibbling some humble pie this morning as the semi-anxiety settles in for moving the week olds outside into the coop partition with the MHP tomorrow. Got temp ranges at upper 20's to barely 50 over the next week or so.
My house has zone heating so I can keep the upper living area toasty for me and the lower level has been at ~60 since hatch.
Today the thermostat down there is off, and a window is cracked open to cool it even more.
Coop is draft free and I have plans for insulating(the already insulated floor-haha) under the MHP with some thick straw flakes.
They all seem healthy and hearty, eatingdrinkingpooping well, the few days older ones trying out their wings.
But still....it is a bit nerve racking on the first go round...have always brooded inside for 4-6 weeks until now.
I will miss being able to check on them frequently with a glance down the stairs...but won't miss the dust and brooder cleaning.
Cathartic Venting over.......for now, haha!...off to prep coop nursery and tend to big birds.
No worries, Aart! I've had them out day one in temps that low in my hoop coop...my brooder is hay bales so that gives good insulation on three sides, the fourth side is completely plastic so the sun can come into that brooder, the floor had a piece of plywood down to keep the cold from the ground seeping up through the bedding, then put a good 6 in. of coop litter on the floor. At night covered the brooder with a sleeping bag, left them uncovered all day in 30s-40s temps and they were active as all get out.
You got this and after you have done it, you'll be confident of doing it again and again. I'd never brood inside again, no matter how cold the temps. There are ways of making them just as warm outside as in and that HP brooder is one of those ways.