Changing temps for chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by breezmist, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. breezmist

    breezmist Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi y'all! I have a brood of 21 chicks that are 3 weeks old. I kept the heat lamps on and slowly over the last couple weeks raised them and cut one off. Now I just have a lamp high above them. The thermomitor has fluctuated in temps and now they're at about 71 degrees (wow it's hard to control that temp!) I plan to prepare them for a week in the coop and then open them to the run. Should I allow the temps to lower more? We may have more cool nights in April. They will be 5 weeks when I put them out
     
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    At 5 weeks they should be fine. Watch them and give them room to move under and away from the heat. When they are fully feathered, between 3-5 weeks, they can take temps an adult bird can.

    Shawn
     
  3. ArticStrat

    ArticStrat Out Of The Brooder

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    Once they are fully feathered they should be good.
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    With 21 of them, they'll be able to snuggle in a nice raft at night and keep each other warm. As long as they have feathers on their heads, they are ready.
     
  5. breezmist

    breezmist Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all! Most have feathers and are starting to show some in the head. I think after this coming week they'll be ready for the coop. Do y'all keep a light on in cool weather (when they're grown) every year or will they eventually be fine without one? I'm asking because I grew up with chickens but my gramps had a huge coop and always had light. My precious coop had lighting but my new one doesn't (yet)
     
  6. debid

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    I'm using a 40W bulb on a timer for extending the light hours but have never heated after the chicks were feathered.
     
  7. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am in Ohio where a cold snap can give us a week of temps in the single digits during the day and below zero at night. I have never used light or supplemental heat and have never lost a bird to extreme cold.
    That said, I do have a couple roosters with frostbitten combs.
    I did put a heat lamp in the egg room to slow the freezing and cracking of my eggs (lost about 20 dozen this year) but not one chicken used it.
     

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