Can 5 week old cornish x's handle a wet 40 degreee night in the tractor?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by CurlyLindsay, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. CurlyLindsay

    CurlyLindsay In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    My first time with Cornish X's so forgive all the questions!

    We are having a big cold front following the tornadoes that passed through Missouri a few nights ago - it's expected to get down to 39 tonight with misty, icky rain. Yuck!

    I have 30 5-week old chicks out in a tractor, and I'm a little concerned about them. They look fully feathered when they are cozied up for the night, but most have bald patches visible at joints when they move. The tractor is 8 foot by 5 foot, with a tarp over the top and long sides- with the short ends open. It's been in the high 40's and wet today and I'm not seeing any piling up.

    Should I expect them to be okay for the night? If not, is the best course of action a second tarp covering the tractor + sides or adding a lamp? (I feel like they are so big at this point a lamp might encourage piling up?)
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    I think they should be fine as long as your tractor is water tight and they don't get wet and cold. I would consider bringing them in the house for night, if your really worried. Good luck!
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  3. thriftyfarmer

    thriftyfarmer In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2013
    Dry and protected from wind is very important. 5 week old birds can handle freezing temps if they are dry.
  4. misbhaven

    misbhaven Songster

    Jan 14, 2014
    I have mine in a similar pen but I hve a xtra large dogloo in it (scored for free). They are older but I put them out in 30 degree weather with just a 100 watt bulb in a brooder lamp hung from the top of dogloo. I have a tarpacross the top and back of mine. Didn't even loose one. To the weather .
  5. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Songster

    May 17, 2012
    Moscow, TN
    As long as they have a place to be out of the rain to get dry and can gather together they should be good.

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