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8 week old Batam chickens just put outside for the first time in their coop with a heat lamp nervous

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mizgingin, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. mizgingin

    mizgingin New Egg

    Nov 8, 2015
    West Henrietta NY
    My 8 week old checks have been inside the house until today I heated up there coop with the heat lamp is holding at 80 degrees just put them outside nervous
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    At 8 weeks old they should be fully feathered and able to handle the cold. HOWEVER, you can't just take the heat away!! They are used to the temperature. I recommend dropping their heat down to 70 degrees now and holding it for 2 days, then dropping it down to 60 for 2 days...then, what are your outside night temps right now. You will want to get away from the heat lamp soon because it's very unsafe in their coop! Coop fires are very bad indeed!
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Bridebeliever has given you some good advice as heat lamps are responsible for most coop fires. I would wean them off the heat lamp as soon as possible. Make sure that their coop is draft free, dry, and well ventilated to prevent moisture from building up inside of it. Feathers are wonderful insulators and moisture is a much greater danger than cold. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've been given some good advice so I'll just say hi and it's nice to have you here!
  5. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. mizgingin

    mizgingin New Egg

    Nov 8, 2015
    West Henrietta NY
    Thank you so much everybody for all the advice I love this group

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