Cold weather and chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pit Bull Farm, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have chicks that hatched 2 days ago and the forcast is calling for a 20 degree drop in temperature and the low will be in the 40's. I have a hen with the chicks but my question is should I put a heat lamp in with them even with the hen being there to warm them? Or will she take care of her babies? Thanks
     
  2. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they should be fine as long as they are with momma hen
     
  3. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Middleton, WI
    As long as mom takes care of them....don't use extra heat...[​IMG]
     
  4. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys! [​IMG]
     
  5. Make sure MOM has them under her breast. If there are TOO many of them you will need to supplement the heat.

    Chicks under her wings can be at risk in an extrem drop in temp.

    Usually mama hen is a whole lot smarter than we mere humans when it comes to her babies.
     
  6. Pit Bull Farm

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    She only has three chicks so I think we will be ok, they are only 4 days old so I got worried.
    I love this forum, you guys rock!
     
  7. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    The other replies here are spot on. IMO adding extra heat could throw off her instincts about gathering them under her. As long as she's readily letting them huddle beneath her when they get chilly or frightened, leave them be, she's got the perfect heat generator. They'll be healthier and stronger for it.
     

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