Chicks Outside Tonight?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tiffanyh, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    I have been working to move my hen and 6 chicks out to the shed/coop. They are 6 weeks old now and mom is still actively caring for them. They have been in my basement until now where is gets around 45-50 at night easily. They have been spending days outside in about 45 temps in the sunlight. It is supposed to be 35 tonight. Would you put them out in a draft free safe spot with mom without a light?

    If I did add a light for tonight, I could only do a 75 watt and I feel a bit uncomfortable about that since all the hay is in this shed--fire hazard!

    She has raised babies before...very good mom...buff orp.

    Last time I let her stay broody over the winter!!

    Oh--and when do they technicial "feather out"?
     
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  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I guess as long as it will stay above freezing that the mama hen can keep them warm enough, as long as they don't get chilled they'll probably do ok.
     
  3. tnkinhunting

    tnkinhunting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two hens with chicks in my barn under a light all day and it goes off at nite and they stay under mamma - one group is 1 week old, the other is under one week old. They are doing great! They were hatched in barn tho.
     
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    tnkin--if you dont mind me asking, what are your evening temps?? Is your barn heated?

    They have never been kept at a brooder temps since they have mom. They have varied around 45 at night or so and have been spending the last few days outside.
     
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  5. tnkinhunting

    tnkinhunting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Follow Up - my chicks were put under hen when I got them from feed store - they were about three days old - but last nite it got in the low 30's and one must of got out from under her and it was dead this am. I have 12 under another much larger hen and they are doing fine. How are your's doing?
     

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