Chicks in Utah -- how warm?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by xjonesy, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. xjonesy

    xjonesy Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got 6 chicks and live in Salt Lake City, UT. How warm does it need to be for me to let my chicks out into their new coop? I still have them in the garage and they're quickly outgrowing their box. We've had a bout of cold weather and snow here in Salt Lake this past week, but I'm wondering if the 70s/40s next week is warm enough for 7-week old chicks?

    Anyone else raising chicks here in the Salt Lake area? When are you letting your chicks outside for good...how old?

    Thank you.
     
  2. JenMT

    JenMT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are totally feathered out, they should be just fine. I have my 11 week old girls in the coop without heat and it got down to 27 degrees two nights ago.
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    You could probably take them out for a bit during the day, but they need to be fully feathered before you keep them out all night without a lamp.
     
  4. xjonesy

    xjonesy Out Of The Brooder

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    And how old is "fully feathered"?
     
  5. LightenUp

    LightenUp Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in Salt Lake City too!
    I am a brand new chick owner and am wondering the same thing you are. I have been reading to get the answer and seems like there's all sorts of opinions!
     
  6. bragabit

    bragabit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some 6 week olds and I am wondering the same thing here. The other night it was in the 20's so I really thought way too cold still. I know we sometimes get low 30's in May.
     
  7. JenMT

    JenMT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It is different for all chicks. Most are done by about 8 weeks. Just look at them and make sure that they have mostly feathers and no fuzz. Feathers are warmer and a better insulator. You may want to give them some heat (brooder lamp) in the coop for a week or more even after you move them out, but make sure it is well secured so no fire hazzard. Good luck to you and your chickens.
     

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