AZ brooder to coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AZchickenchick, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. AZchickenchick

    AZchickenchick In the Brooder

    Nov 6, 2008
    OK, I know this is old hat to you guys, but......I live in Phoenix AZ, nite temps are in the lo 50s, 40s. My 3 girls are about one month old and really feathering up - a RIR, Barred Rock, Arecuana. I put them out all day but bring them inside (a cardboard box) at night.
    When do I: 1) Turn off the nite warming bulb, and, 2) Let them sleep outside in their coop?
    It actually freezes at night here sometimes.

    I LOVE these girls. I laugh every time I see them, and how can a feathered reptile have so much personality???!!!

    And I love you guys...I never would have gotten this far without you! Please keep up with your opinions and advice. It all helps, and even your in-fighting about chickens cracks me up!


  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    :Freezes in Phoenix ? Not in the 5 years I lived there ? You could probably keep them inside without the light for a while before putting them outside.
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  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    they are not fully feathered at that age and that means they do not have the means to keep themselves warm yet. 12 weeks minimum.
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Everyone says that about California too, but we get snow and it freezes.

  5. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Songster

    Sep 18, 2008
    Hi, I'm in Mesa. I have some 8 week olds that were out all night with out any heat and it was 46 this morning. They would probably be happier wit a heat lamp though. My 4 week olds are in a brooder with a heat lamp on the back patio though.
  6. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    We used to put then in a tractor as soon as we got them. We had a box in the back of it, and we would herd then into it just before sundown. After a couple of days, they knew the routine.

    Of course, we had 24 chicks at a time. They would keep each other warm.

    On cold nights, we had a porcelain light fixture screwed onto a block of wood. Over that we had a tin can punched full of holes. And over that we had a much larger can punched full of holes. It kept them warm, but didn't get hot enough to burn them.

  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I keep a brooder lamp in the nursery coop that's on a timer. My little girls have their own run. I have it on at night from about 5pm till 9am. It's susposed to be 33 degrees tonight according to the Weather Channel. There are some pictures on my BYC page.

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