A lot of chicks, what to do.

Yukonchick

Songster
7 Years
Feb 28, 2012
348
16
101
Carcross, Yukon territory
I think I may run into a bit of a problem. I've got 46 chicks, 12 layers and the rest are meat birds. They're nice and warm in a big cardboard box in the house but i know how fast they grow. I don't think i can handle so many in the house after 2 weeks but being up here in the Yukon, I'm worried about the temperture in the chicken house. How warm should the birds be at about 3 weeks old??
I'm thinking I better put the heat lamp in there and keep them in a big wooden box.
 
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mmktdox

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 12, 2011
148
3
91
Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada
At three weeks the layers should still need 80 - 85 degress, but I find I can get away with quite a bit less heat on the meat birds. They are little furnaces! If you're chicken coop is somewhat draft free and you can throw a heat lamp in there for them they'll probably be fine. Can you heat the coop at all?
 

Apyl

Songster
8 Years
Feb 5, 2012
1,400
46
191
Necedah, Wi
I'm in Wisconsin and moved my 30 chicks out to the coop at 2 1/2 weeks old. I did give them the heat lamp outside since it was still freezing at night at times.
 

Yukonchick

Songster
7 Years
Feb 28, 2012
348
16
101
Carcross, Yukon territory
Well if yours are surviving with just the heat lamp then mine should be ok too. Its not freezing at night but it is unpredictable up here in the land of the midnight sun.
 

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