Can 9-week olds handle night temps of 40-50F without heat?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BWchicken, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. BWchicken

    BWchicken Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    I have 12 babies and they are all bantams:
    barred rocks
    easter eggers

    They are 8-9 weeks old and they're used to approximately 70 degrees 24/7. They will now be going to the outside run and coop where days are low 70s and nights are low 50s (occasional upper 40s). I don't want to use heat unnecessarily because I want them to acclimate as the weather gets colder. But I'm wondering if the night temp change will be a shock to their systems since they're used to constant 70s. I don't want to make them sick, but I need to start acclimating them to cooler temps before it gets really cold. Any thoughts?
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2009
  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Are they all fully feathered?? What is your roost like?? Will they all be together on one roost? That would be them some additional warmth.

    What is your coop like? Are there any drafts?

    I would think that they will be OK!

    Good Luck!

  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If they are enclosed and together they will be fine.

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