chicks too cold?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by aafairchild, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. aafairchild

    aafairchild Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All,

    My 5 remaining babies are 6.5 weeks old. Lost my SLW to a hawk today. When I checked on the girls after dark, they were all huddled together in the corner of the coop. It is only 70 right now set to go down to 60. Are they cold or just freaked out by seeing their flock mate get munched? They stayed pretty much under cover all day after it happened. They are fully feathered so I can't see them being cold, but I do worry about my feathered kids.

    Thanks,
    Alice
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It isn't too cold. They are feathered out now and well able to make the adjustments to autumn weather and right on into winter. Yes, they are likely a little spooked, but they'll recover in a day or two.

    Young chicks take comfort in sleeping in close proximity to each other. They'll often sleep like that until they learn to roost.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    My two week old chicks are out running around for food in the morning when it's 50 degrees. Your chicks are in no way cold. They just like to huddle for comfort, even with out the predator thing they like to dogpile.
     

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