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8 week old chicks out to the coop, but, heat or no heat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Azriel, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Azriel

    Azriel Songster

    Jun 19, 2010
    We are just getting over a cold snap, highs in the low 30s,so I wanted to wait to put the 8 week old chicks out. We are still having nights in the 20s, daytime highs 40s-50s. Should I put a heat lamp in with them when I put them out? They have been in my basement that is not heated unless I have the wood stove going. I guess its in the high 50s down there. I have had a 100w light on them, and they do still sleep under it. Maybe put a heat lamp on them for a week or so? I plan on putting them out this weekend, Sat will be about 48 with snow? and Sun. about 50.
    This is my 1st time doing winter chicks. I might have to rethink doing this again.

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If they are acclimated, they will be fine. I raised chicks in 30F nights and took their lamp at 6 weeks. They were outside the entire time though.

    I'd put them out, give them a 60W lamp for a night, then half a night, then take it out just to adjust them.
  3. Azriel

    Azriel Songster

    Jun 19, 2010
  4. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I agree - as long as they're fully feathered, they can handle freezing weather as long as they're out of drafts.
  5. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    You're good to go. Enjoy.
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I agree with silkiechicken...just a little heat from a low wattage bulb will make them happier until used to the new place/colder area.
  7. Bigrooroo

    Bigrooroo Hatching

    Jan 15, 2012
    SW Idaho
    Great question as my 7 week old are getting feisty in their brooder in the coop. Guess its time to build a grow out pen in the coop just for them and wean them from the heat lamp. Currently highs of 60 and lows in the teens in the coop.

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