Am i being a big baby?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by silkiechick05, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas

    My chickens are about twelve weeks old.

    They are still in my garage and have a heat lamp on them.

    It's the high 50s here in TX.

    Am i paranoid?

    Do they really need the lamp?
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    Do they shiver when you take it away?
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    What are the lows?

    Mine are 5 1/2 weeks old and I turn the lamp off during the day. They lay near each other, but not piled like they are cold. I turn it back on at night for now though.
  4. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    At 12 weeks in Texas they cannot possibly still need heat. It is going to be about 5 degrees here tonight and my 12 week old stock will be just fine in my barn with no additional heat.

    They are for sure fully feathered by now
  5. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    My chicks have been outside since 8 weeks old. NO heat lamp. Central Texas. 10 weeks old today. It's supposed to get down to 13 on Friday.... Not worried, only thing I've done is to block all drafts on the coop/run and throw a sheet over the little box they roost in.
  6. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    it is getting down in the 20s and 30s...

    yeah they shiver some....
  7. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Mine have been outside since 3 weeks. No heat lamp since 5 weeks unless it gets into the 30's. Mine are now 8 weeks. Make that almost 9 weeks. I only turn the lamp on at night if it is near freezing and turn it off early in the a.m. They've been fine.

    During the day they run around and play out in the run. They enjoyed the little snow this morning. I'm up by DFW.
  8. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    Oh gosh. mine are pathetic.
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:No worse than mine. The first time I had chicks, I thought they couldn't go outside till they were full grown. I had den chickens for 6 months. Lol at least only 3.

    Imp- shoulda read the entire book.
  10. chickeydee

    chickeydee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2009
    What part of Tx do you live in ,and what is the breed ? I live in the country and the ladies are in the field in there open coop .The only thing is to make sure it faces south . The north wind is hard . I have no lamp on them just a security light on a pole .

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