bring home baby chicks today ( heating question)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LuLuchickens, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. LuLuchickens

    LuLuchickens New Egg

    Mar 6, 2016
    I am bring home baby chicks today, in texas right now we are still having 90-100 degree weather during the day I was planning on leaving them outside and just putting heat on them at night. what are yalls opinion? ( I think the chicks are 1-5 days old)
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chicken Obsessed

    I have put many of my chicks out to pasture at 3 days. I provide a huddle box and some but not total shade. And I have the space enclosed so they cant get out and I don't have to worry about arial predators.

    Pay attention to their behavior. Also, I suggest you have them home for a couple days and bring some of your dirt in so they can get exposure to the stuff in your ground before being out all day. And start with short periods for the same exposure reason, let them get some immunity to your soil conditions.

    Congrats on your babies! [​IMG]
  3. tthekraut

    tthekraut Just Hatched

    Aug 3, 2016

    Perfect advice, I have been doing this for the past several weeks. I live in southern Nevada and have similar temps here. I have them on the lamp at night but turn it off and bring them into their coop a few times a week.

    They are right around 4 weeks now. Another 2 weeks or soon as the 2 runts get their feathers they will be out full time.

    I take a small amount of dirt and leave it in the brooder for them. They can do a dirt bath, pick grit and get used to what bacteria live in the dirt
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chicken Obsessed

    In addition, how effective a huddle box might be could be relative to how many chicks are in the group. More chicks means more heat. Less equals less.

    Just make sure you don't see them panting with no place to escape the heat. And no loud distressed peeps, meaning they're cold. It may take some time to learn the difference between types of peeps. But they will be noticeably louder and more intent.

    And make sure they can find the water.

    Also the recommended heat setting in the brooder is at the warmest location directly under the light. Not the whole thing. We never reach above 70 here. In the direct sunlight it is a lot warmer than the ambient temp. My chicks are fine even on 60 degree days.
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    if it is going to be 90, do make sure there is some shade.
  6. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    By outside, I assume they will be in a fenced & topped run with a nest box, shady area & plenty of food and water?
    If so I think they will be fine.
    In this heat, I don't see a need for a heater even at night.
    BTW, How many peeps?

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