16 weeks old now! Heat questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 31665, Oct 5, 2008.

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    31665 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in northeastern Ohio,the last couple of nights we had frost warnings. Our coop is tight as a drum but not insulated. When do I need a heat light?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If they are sixteen weeks, and there are no drafts, they are OK until the temps get zero... then you'll probably want to turn on a light for heat.
     
  3. 31665

    31665 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank You!
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Agree, we don't use heat lamps here at all unless they are babies and not fully feathered.

    Jody
     
  5. 31665

    31665 Out Of The Brooder

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    You mean all winter no heat? Even if its 0 and do I need to worry about snow? Can I let my girls and 1 boy go out in the snow (we get alot!)
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yup, I mean none. They are kept in their coop when it is below freezing and when it gets to around 30 the coop is opened for free ranging, if they choose. We shovel paths for them to come out when it snows. They come out a little, peck around some and go back in. The first year they don't usually like the snow, but after that they get used to it.

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  7. pmitch10

    pmitch10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in NH. So if I got some eggs now to hatch and then in 16 weeks.....it would be okay to put them outside with the rest of the birds even though we would still be in the winter season being Feb?

    Wouldn't that be too sudden a change in temperature even with feathers?
     

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