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Are chicks too cold?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ecwetzel, May 17, 2016.

  1. ecwetzel

    ecwetzel In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2014
    We just picked up our chicks from the post office, and I want to make sure they are okay...

    I went last week to store to get all necessary materials. I asked about a thermometer and the girl said I really didn't need one at this time of the year in Virgina, but since then a cold front has blown through. It is 50 outside and the chicks are in the cold garage.

    They are all huddled under the light, which means they are cold, right? But, the light is already as low as it will go. It's about 12-18 inches off the ground. Could it just be because they are so young? Maybe they will be more active tomorrow?

  2. Well....Is their any chance you could bring them inside just for today? Yes. They do sound cold. I wouldn't want to risk killing them.

    Let me know hot it goes [​IMG]
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    It could be that they are just chilled and stressed from being shipped. It's normal for the to spend a few days resting and staying under the warmth. In a day or two, they should start acting more perky.
    Also, you may want to check out the Mamma Heating Pad thread. It's an awesome alternative to brooding chicks under a lamp 24/7.
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  4. Completely agree.
  5. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    June is right on. Your chicks were just needing to replenish their body heat after the stress of being in transit, bounced around, and then ending up in a strange new place.

    Please do check out the heating pad system of brooding. It's so much safer and more natural, thus far better for your chicks than a dangerous heat lamp, and there's no guesswork involved.

    Read over the first few pages of Blooie's thread to understand how easy it is to set up.

    I'm currently brooding my third set of chicks outdoors [​IMG]

    under the heating pad, and they do just fine in 40F during the day and 30s at night, and they still run around and play most of the time, only replenishing their body heat from time to time.

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