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8 new baby EE's please I have temperature questions!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kimboolah, Aug 31, 2009.

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  1. kimboolah

    kimboolah Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is our second batch of chickens this year--Our first batch is outside in the coop/yard 24/7 laying the most gorgeous eggs and doing beautifully.
    I got this new batch a few days ago, and they are in the brooder under a heat lamp. I live in Northern Wisconsin and it was 31 degrees here last night. I know I will keep them in the house for at least 6 weeks, but after that it will be pretty dang cold around here---should I just plan to keep them outside during the day and round them up and keep them inside at night so they don't get shocked from the cold? Or just wait until they are fully feathered (no more fluffy butts, etc) and let them settle in?

    Would it be better to put them out there sooner and see if someone wanted to be the "mamma" to them?

    Thanks
     
  2. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    I would wait until they are fully feathered but i am also over protective.... If you do put them outside earlier make sure to bring them in at night. Also when you start leaving them outside all the time try turning on a light before it gets dark outside, this way when it does get dark they will try to get under the light and not stay out in the wind and cold.
     
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