55 at night 78 day - too cold for 3.5 wk. chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by horsefeathers09, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. horsefeathers09

    horsefeathers09 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2009
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I have a nice predator proof coop that offers shelter but is not completely draft proof, plywood on the sides and a roof. If I hang a heat lamp in there are my 3.5 week babies going to be warm enough in 55 degree night time temps? There are 17 chicks total. Right now they are in the garage, just getting a bit much to keep the brooder clean, and I think they could use more space. Thanks.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010
  2. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    If they are pretty much fully feathered, I think that many would be okay. 17 of them should give off a fair amount of heat. Just listen. They'll let you know if they're unhappy.
  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    I put mine out in the coop at 3 weeks (12 of them) with the lamp about 24 inches off the ground. We had 30's at night and they were fine.
  4. denim deb

    denim deb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2010
    I have 3 chicks w/their "mother" out in our old dog house. They're now 4.5 weeks old. Last night, it got down to 35. They were fine.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I keep a lamp for mine until they are 5 weeks old. After that they are OK without one..

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