8-9 week old chicks. Cold weather

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TXmama3boys, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Hello! I have 8-9 week old chicks. They are in the chicken coop. Inside if the coop I have a large dog kennel that is wrapped in plastic with a heat lamp In it for them to go in and out of if they get cold. The temperatures have been getting down to the 30s and 40s at night. We built them a roost yesterday. My neighbor is trying to convince me to take the dog kennel out and let them be on their own now. Are they too young to be without a heat lamp and the kennel? It seems as if they are all fully feathered. I just have a barnyard mix of sex links and barred rocks.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Start with leaving the heat off during the day and see how they react. If they are huddling and complaining, they still need a heat source.
  3. I
    Thank you! I meant to add that I have been leaving the heat off during the day. It has been 40s-50s. No huddling.
  4. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chirping

    Sep 17, 2014
    Southern Oregon
    They should be fine. We put out 8 - 8 week old ones out when it was in the high 20's and low 30's. They share a coop with three 1 year old ones. Coop is 6t x 6l x 4w with no heat. Shavings on the floor.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    For some reason this scares the crap out of me......I hope it's not as dangerous as it sounds.
  6. I believe if you saw how my husband had it rigged it would ease your mind. It does sounds scary by how I described it, but there is ventilation, the heat lamp was ziptied, we have a huge dog kennel, and with the lamp on and secured- the temps inside were staying around 65.
  7. Itrihard

    Itrihard Hatching

    Jan 3, 2015
    If they are feathered its fine. When it's low 30s or lower I haven left the heat lamp I. At night. It is 3 feet above floor and they are fine. 7 week
  8. Thank you

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