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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Missbehavin, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Missbehavin

    Missbehavin Out Of The Brooder

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    Will my 9wk old chicks be ok in 32 degree weather tonight. They have a closed in coop but it does have some holes in it. I did put some wood on the windows to keep the wind out.
     
  2. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    Im sure they would do just fine. My 13 week old bantams have done well in the 30 degree weather we have had and they are the size of my 6 week old marans chick. If you feel more comfortable you could add a heat lamp. How many chicks do you have?
     
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  3. Missbehavin

    Missbehavin Out Of The Brooder

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    I have four. They all roost together. I am just worried because they are my first chickens and they have been doing so well. I don't want to do anything that would hurt them.
    Thanks
     
  4. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    em..... it's in celcius or fahrenheit?

    it it's celcius, they should be fine.

    if it's in fahrenheit, it seems to be so cold outside, but since they're inside coop, I think they should be fine, especially if you provide them with incandescent lamp (hope the name is right, kind of lamp that produce so much heat with high energy consumption, real cheap light).
     
  5. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    So did they do ok through the night?
     
  6. Missbehavin

    Missbehavin Out Of The Brooder

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    Well they seem to have done o.k. I don't think it got as cold as they said. That being said I will work on getting some heat out to them for future use. Thanks
    Deb
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Last year I put 5 week olds in my grow-out coop with no heat. Night-time temperatures were in the mid 40's Fahrenheit. About three days later when they were 5-1/2 weeks old the night-time temperatures got down to the mid 20's F. They were not in a direct wind in that coop and were fine.

    If you provide heat, realize you are doing it for your benefit, not theirs. They don't need it. And please be careful. Don't get them too hot and don't burn your coop down.
     
  8. what did I do

    what did I do Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd just keep an eye on them. It will take a few days to toughen them up but I wouldn't add heat at this point. My chicks born at the very end of August just made it through Brutus just fine. We had sub 0 temps and days of wind. They did have mom but it was very cold. We had temps of 32°f when they were almost bare.

    If you want to do something for them, put out something for them to crawl into. Mine slept in a coffee can for the longest time. They might just need something to hold their body heat close to them.
     
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