8 weeks old, can they stand the cold

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Granny Hoffman, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Granny Hoffman

    Granny Hoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    SE Michigan
    I apologize if this has been answered before, but I can't find the information I am looking for. I have total of 9 LO and BCM, they are fully feathered and growing like weeds. I have them in the coop in a makeshift brooder with a 85 watt red spotlight on them for a little warmth. It has gotten down to 0 the last couple of nights, can I take the light away and let them roost with the rest of the crew. The sun is shining bright and I was going to let them romp with the rest of the crew today, even though it is only supposed to get to the teens. What I am really concerned about is the night time temps.

    Any help would be appreciated, they are getting too big for the makeshift brooder.
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    I put my EEs out at 8 weeks, but I think the lows were in the 30s.

    Do you have a heat mat that you can put out with them? That's what I did to help my ladies adjust from being inside at a low of 68 to outside in the 30s. I got mine from shopthecoop.com.
  3. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    In the Spring in Summer that would be okay, but with freezing temps you will need a heat lamp.
  4. sklr112

    sklr112 Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    I just put my 11 week old out last week. The highs are in the low 20's. I put a heat lamp in there and a regular incandescent bulb in there. The incandescent is shining right on the water to keep it from freezing. Seems ok so far.

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