Can you keep chicks outside in the winter?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ruby Mia, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Ruby Mia

    Ruby Mia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My bantam hen has just gon broody and I'm not sure if I should let her hatch because it's winter and last time she left the chicks at a young age, but lucky one of my other hens raised them with her chick. I'm worries that the chick wound die because it's soo cold outside. What do you think?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I've had broody hens raise chicks outside in winter with no problems or losses. The chicks ran around in all temperatures and when they felt cold they crawled under Mom for a warm up, before running off again. They didn't seem bothered by the cold at all. By the time the chicks are fully feathered (6-7 weeks) they should be fine without Mom. I'd say let her hatch some for you and see how it goes.
     
  3. Ruby Mia

    Ruby Mia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply! it was great help!
     
  4. ourFRUGALfarm

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    It's funny how resilient chicks are. They seem so small and fragile but they really are tough. I have done the same as sumi. It was really cold then so in my hen house I hung a heat lamp over my laying boxes high enough it wasn't to hot. This provided some warmth and I found that it enticed my hens to stay in the laying boxes. I also noticed an increase in eggs but it could have been coincidental? Anyhow like sumi said take a chance and just keep an eye on her.
     
  5. Ruby Mia

    Ruby Mia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's great to hear, thanks!
     
  6. D'Angelo N Va.

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    A friend of mine had a hen hatch out 6 baby chicks in the barn while it was snowing outside and she raised every one them, no fatalities.
     

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