5 wk old chicks in COOOOOOLD (16 degrees) temp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wvkayce, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. wvkayce

    wvkayce New Egg

    Dec 7, 2016
    Looneyville, WV
    I have 7 chicks that have almost all feathers that have been living in a lean-to room, open on one end. They are in an extra large dog kennel with a brood lamp, covered with a heavy old curtain. It hasn't been below freezing at night but will be around 16 degrees for the next couple of nights. I brought them inside because they looked cold tonight when it was 28 degrees and my partner (who has never raised chicks) told me I was being too cautious and they would have been fine. I have raised chicks for 5 yrs, but never had young'uns in this kind of weather...got any guidance out there???
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I think that I would be inclined to leave them in the lean-to room and observe / listen. If they are chirping at night, then I'd consider bringing them inside. If all is quiet, then I'd say its safe to assume that they are sufficiently warm.
  3. teaton

    teaton Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2016
    Clarksville, TN
    I leave my babies inside my garage in a storage tub with a light until they are fully feathered on thier head, body, legs and wings, and not until all their fuzz is gone. 16 degrees is cold! Especially for 1 month olds. Ctken is right they will chirp if they are too cold but if they are outside in the middle of the night you wont hear them, better safe than sorry!
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016
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  4. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2015
    Portland OR
  5. wvkayce

    wvkayce New Egg

    Dec 7, 2016
    Looneyville, WV
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