cold nights - coop temp 48*F

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ricky bamboo, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. ricky bamboo

    ricky bamboo Out Of The Brooder

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    my 20 cornishx are now almost 6 weeks and are feathered for the most part , but some seem to be alittle bare under the wings and on the breast.
    I removed the light last week, and since then we have had a real cold and wet snap. tonights temp is around freezing and it's 48 in the coop. The birds have all been sleeping togethor side by side. Should I put the light back out there or are they fine without?
     
  2. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My opinion is 20 birds will keep each other plenty warm in 48 degree coop.
     
  3. Burbs

    Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At that age they should be fine.
     
  4. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But they must be dry. Very important to be dry!!!!
     
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  5. ricky bamboo

    ricky bamboo Out Of The Brooder

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    cool - thanks....i assumed they were alright but its good to be confirmed.
     
  6. Burbs

    Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Definitely agree.
     
  7. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't grow a lot of feathers. It's normal for them to be bare on their breasts and to an extent, under their wings as well. Some grow more feathers than others, too.

    I also agree with the others. You can normally remove heatlamps by the time they are 2 or 3 weeks old, depending on temps.
     
  8. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    You'll probably be fine without them, as Cornish X's can handle cold WAY better than hot, but I keep heat lamps on my birds in the tractor anyway during cold seasons, just to be safe. I also cover the whole tractor with a tarp at night. As long as the weather is cold, they don't get TOO hot, it prevents piling, reduces stress,and keeps the wind/rain out. I uncover them in the morning, but usually leave the heat lamps on, so they can choose what temp. area they want.
     

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