Am I ready for winter?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by biteme2134, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. biteme2134

    biteme2134 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 9 chicks we got from Idealpoultry - we received them on 10/16. They've been in the garage so far with a heat lamp. They have a hot spot so they come and go from the heat. We live in mid GA so we've had some nights in the upper 20s outside. I have the ability to heat the coop/brooder outside but would feel safer not to have to heat it. When would you put them outside ?

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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Those guys have enough feathers to be able to regulate their body heat. I'd start weaning them from the supplemented heat, first by raising the lamp and then by cutting their extra heat hours. In winter I usually start by switching the heat lamp off during the day, but leaving them inside, followed by moving them outside during the day, then leaving the heat lamp off at night as well and then, after a day or 3, moving them outside full time. Let their behaviour guide you (not the yelling bit [​IMG]), if they dogpile and/or huddle together tight they are too cold. If they are spread out comfortably they are warm enough. They will yell their heads off when you start removing the heat at first, but ignore that for a few minutes and watch how they behave otherwise.
     
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    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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  4. biteme2134

    biteme2134 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok sounds like a plan! Thanks for the input!
     

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