12 weeks old and 20 degree temps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mamaj323, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. mamaj323

    mamaj323 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock of 19 are now 12 weeks old. They have been without a heat lamp for a couple weeks now with lows in the 40 degree range. Tonight we have a cold front coming in that's supposed to drop temps into the low 20s. Will they be okay or should I turn the light back on for them?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't. They might appreciate a nice pile of hay to snuggle into, and I'd be sure they were free of any draft, though. I wouldn't insist on their ssleeping on a roost. They should be well enough feathered, but they will need to acclimate.
     
  3. mamaj323

    mamaj323 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I was just worried it would be too quick of a drop for them so young.
     
  4. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seconded. They should be fine. If they get cold, they'll huddle together, but at 12 weeks, they're pretty much ready to handle whatever they'll have to handle as adults. The chicks we got in September have been foraging and roosting now without supplemental heat even in temps down to the teens.
     
  5. mamaj323

    mamaj323 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha! Well I guess I was silly to worry. It's 18*F out this AM so I took them some warm water since theirs is frozen. When I opened their pop door to see if they wanted to brave it they all ran out and have been happily playing. Thanks for the advice!!!
     

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