4 week old chicks in 50 degrees?

thechickenchick

Born city, Living country
11 Years
Mar 8, 2008
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Eaton, Colorado
Mine are 7 weeks. They have been in there coop 3 nights. I have been keeping it no colder than 53. However it is warmer under the light. I am just going off some advice given to me on this site. It seems 50 may be a little cool for that age, but Im not certian. I would try to warm it up a bit. We put a small space heater in our coop as it is still snowing here and getting down in the teens at night.
 

pepperluvsmee

Songster
12 Years
Feb 2, 2008
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Glen Rock, PA
I have 3, 5 week old birds in my den because it is still getting down in the 40's at night and only the 50's during the day....
I would say no unless you have a heat lamp in your coop. They don't have all thier feathers yet.

-Theresa
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 7, 2007
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Forks, Virginia
Chicks are not feathered with mature feathers to retain heat and regulate body temps until 8 - 10 weeks. Some breeds need 12 weeks. Without a lamp those chicks will suffer from the cold. Remember when a chick gets chilled it has a hard time recovering and it can be fatal.
 

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