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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 1acrefarm, Nov 12, 2007.
I have some 5-6 week olds. Will they be fine for there first night out a 46 degrees?
I WOULD JUST MAKE SURE YOU STILL HAVE A HEAT LAMP OR TWO DEPENDING ON THE SIZE AREA THERE IN.
Thanks I kind of figured that I will just bring them in before the temp drops.
Eh, 5-6 weeks old, mid 40's... if it is a cozy coop and they are fully feathered, I'd kick them out and leave them out. That's just me though. By 7 weeks they should be out in the 40's no problem.
I agree with the heat lamp idea. It is better to be prepared or bring them in. At 5-6 weeks, they can handle temps in the 70 degree range and maybe slightly lower. Temps this time of year are too dramatic on their little bodies and I err on the side of caution. If they still have fluff underneath and not fully feathered, you're risking a chill, stress and sickness.
I have a young orp that is 5-6 weeks old out in a temporary coop with older friends and have the heat lamp on all day. It has been down in the 20's at night and up to 40-50 during the day here, but quite chilly for the little one.
I agree, I would put a heat lamp on them. Karen
No heat lamp for them they are enjoying the livingroom fireplace.
Boy are't your chickens spoiled....LOL
How many chicks? If you have a good few - more than 10 or so they'll keep each other warm, just make sure they have a place to cuddle thats enclosed, no drafts, I would keep them in a brooder box or something within the coop to contain their warmth.
A low "ceiling" on the brooder box will also keep the warmth close to the chicks.
Just 7 I have several other animals but my barn is too large for the body heat to make a difference.
Oh they are spoiled. They are flighty too they started freaking out awhile ago when i turned ceiling fan on to circulate air better.