BABY CHICKS

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lbchickens9, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. lbchickens9

    lbchickens9 Out Of The Brooder

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    We recently built a 12 X 24 raised chicken coop/shed with three 3'x8' grow out pens that have heat lamps on one end of each pen. My question is can I put two week old chicks in a pen when the weather is 28 degrees? Or should I wait until they are older. We built the pens so I could use them to get the growing chicks outside and not in the house. What does everyone else do with their baby chicks? Grateful for all advice [​IMG]
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

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    Two weeks is a bit young for that temperature. I've put chicks out a bit older than 3 weeks when the nights get that low. They have a small protected shelter for nights and small pen days. What promotes faster feathering is if you've lowered the temp your brooding at inside. I start at 95F, measuring at brooder floor under heat lamp and lamp only one one end so they can self regulate heat. In three days I raise the lamp to get 90F then in week raise it to get 80-85F and so on. By third week I start to turn off the lamp for periods during the day and last few days before putting outside they have no additional heat. We keep the house at 65F 24/7 in spring during incubating and brooding. Don;t forget you can change the wattage of incandescent bulb to lower temp too.

    In a nut shell acclimate your chicks and watch their feather growth, some lines of birds are slower to feather so would require longer brooding. Also watch how they behave with no additional heat or as you are lowering it. If they chirp a lot and huddle under the light then they are too cold and not ready for that lower temp.
     
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  3. lbchickens9

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    The pen is heated and can be heated up to about 85 degrees on the end where the lamp is. Really want the chicks out of the house but don't want to take a chance and make them sick.
     

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