7 month old chicken used to being inside, want to introduce to new flock in 12 degree weather

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jessica8804, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. jessica8804

    jessica8804 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2013
    The My friend had two 7 month old hens in his warm basement, the one I have was picking on the other too much. When I said yes to take her I didn't know she was an inside hen, being that it's 10 degrees in Chicago right now.... I have four hens that range from 3 years to 2 years old. I know to introduce at night and I have a 100 watt red light in my coop but I'm afraid the new chick will freeze to death bc the others won't be inviting. New chicks feathers feathers almost look air tight but I just don't know? Should I keep her inside til we get some warmer weather? Light for heat inside? Do you think that 40 degrees is warm enough- what temp can I put her out side ? Maybe in a cage with in the coop?Advice please
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2016
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'd suggest reducing temperatures as gradually as possible. You have some good ideas , so take it as slowly as you can. That's just my opinion.

    All the best ct
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2016
  3. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    x2 on CTKen's suggestion to do it slowly. The hen you're getting will have to adjust to a new home, new flock mates and being outside...that's a lot of changes to try to make all at once.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
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  5. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    CTken gave you a great link - I would first get her slowly acclimated to being outside. The temps have been very bitter. Then (hopefully) try for the peaceful integration.

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