3 weeks--too cold?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by michickenwrangler, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    How cold is too cold for 3 week old chicks? They are literally going stir-crazy in their brooder but it is a damp 35 degrees outside. Too cold?
     
  2. chicky_mommy

    chicky_mommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many are they?
     
  3. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    8 total: 6 standard, 2 bantams

    Wings are fully feathered, bodies are starting to feather. Their cardboard box is big: 3' x 3' (it housed a tired saddle rack) and I do have a small rabbit cage I could possibly put the banties in.
     
  4. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Too young.. wait till fully feathered.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sort of depends on if they have a heat lamp or not and if they have a draft free building. I wouldn't let them outside on the ground at that temp.
     
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    They're in my living room. So long as I have the heat on, they no longer have a heat lamp. When it is sunny, I put them in tha cage on the porch (porch faces south and has windows on 3 sides, so yesterday while it was 40 degrees and sunny, it was 70+ on the porch--makes a dandy greenhouse!) and they like watching the wild birds and free-ranging chickens.
     
  7. chicky_mommy

    chicky_mommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a broody hen you might try putting them out with her but thats chancy. If you can put a heat lamp you could put on/near/in (deepending on the size/space) the rabbit cage then you could probably leave them in the rabbit cage on the porch and turn on the heat lamp at night.
     

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