Chickens in the winter time....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GregClark38, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. GregClark38

    GregClark38 Chirping

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    I am new to raising chickens. Just wondering about how old should a chick be before it can safely go through winter time. I know a lot of people hatch chicken eggs and just wondering when is the latest time of year to hatch them and still be old enough to make it through winter. Thanks. I am in West Virginia.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    You can hatch and raise chicks year round, but it's easier in Summer when it's warm and you can move them out sooner. Chicks need to be kept warm for the first 6-7 weeks. You start off by keeping newly hatched chicks at around 90*F brooder temperature and reduce the heat by ±5*F each week until they are feathered out. By the time they are fully feathered they should by able to maintain their body heat and handle colder temperatures. There is more info on raising chicks here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks
     

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