5 degrees at night.....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ukchickengirl, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. ukchickengirl

    ukchickengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    ..... I guess they still need a light even though the chicks are 5/6 weeks old now??

    How do you make your brooder lights safe outside in all weathers??

    Thanks

    H x
     
  2. crysmom

    crysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am by no means and expert, but I"m planning on putting my chicks out at 6 weeks in our coop with the brooder light for this winter only I plan to hand it with a chain and a back up wire about 5 feet up off the litter I can't see how anything would knock it down, and it would be too far away from anything to cause a fire.

    I know its recomended to not heat the coop but its really cold here both day and night and I think with young chicks they'll need the extra heat feathered or not
     
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    If you do heat the coop just make sure you heat it all the way through winter, and have a backup plan to keep them warm if the power fails.
     
  4. crysmom

    crysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:that's definately a good idea. My plan is not to "heat" the coop so much as keep it around 40 degrees versus the 5 degrees we have much of the winter, then after this year the following winters I won't be heating, just running a water defroster
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Insulating their coop to keep in the body heat might be an idea.
     

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