6 weeks...42 degrees over night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ack13, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. ack13

    ack13 Hatching

    Jan 2, 2008
    The chicks are going to be spending their first night in the chicken coop! It is not insulated, but it is draft free and filled with hay for bedding. 15 chicks, all appear feathered out. The low tonight is 42- will they be ok?

    Worried mom...
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Do they have a heat lamp on them, I don't think they are fully feathered out yet. Mine are 5,6 and 7 weeks old and are still in the house.
  3. mycountrycabin

    mycountrycabin Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    i think they will be ok mine are outside and they are only 1-2 weeks old
  4. HenHaven

    HenHaven Songster

    Mar 3, 2007
    Coarsegold, CA
    They are supposed to start out at 95 degrees and have the temp decreased by 5 degrees per week. So at 6 weeks old, they should have temps near 65 degrees. I would not put them out unless you have a light to keep the temps near the optimal range.
  5. CluckThis

    CluckThis In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2008
    Arlington, Washington
    We put ours in the coop at 7 weeks but we have heat lamp and covered 3 sides. Even with all the snow we have gotten in the last 3 days they are doing well other than they done want to come out to play in the snow. If you can get a heat lamp in there at least they can get warm if they need and snuggle to stay warm.

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