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Brooder in coop in MA???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrv19, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. mrv19

    mrv19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone. I'll be getting my 4 buff orpington chicks on march 11th, and currently plan to brood indoors for first 4 weeks in a small unused bathroom basement level. At 4-5 weeks id like to move them to the coop if i can, even if they remain in a brooder. I realize they will still need a heatlamp mid april in Massachusetts at 4-5 weeks of age. Is this ok to do? Even if we happen to have a cold April?
     
  2. mrv19

    mrv19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should add that average april day temps are high 50s low 60s and average night time in the 30s. But again we'll have a heat lamp
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    I am going to suggest you read an article I just wrote about brooding chicks outdoors in your coop or run. It's so much better for the chicks than indoor brooding and easier for you.It's another option you might be interested in.

    I also recommend you read about an alternate form of heat other than a heat lamp. You can read my article by clicking on the second link below. And read about the heating pad system of brooding on Blooie's thread on this forum "Mama-heating Pad in the Brooder".
     
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    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    Sooooo happy you're back in form, Blooie!
     
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  7. mrv19

    mrv19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! I am going to strongly consider both these recommendations. Do you feel like outdoor brooding can result in the same level of acclimation to people? Above all things, these are planned to be family pets. We planned on lots of gentle handling during those weeks. Thoughts?
     
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    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you see the pics attached to my article? Do those chicks crawling up my arm appear to be shy and reticent?
     
  9. mrv19

    mrv19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! For some reason I cant view the link to the article you're referencing?
     

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