Cornish X chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ER123, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. ER123

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    Getting some Cornish x chicks in the spring. Was wondering at what age they can be put out in the coop without heat? Also how cold of temperatures can they handle at that point?
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  2. sumi

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    Most chicks are fully feathered by 6 weeks and able to regulate their body temperature fairly well, but I've never raised meat birds, so I can't tell. I think you should let these chicks guide you. Offer them extra heat in the coop anyway and see what they do. You should be able to tell from their behaviour if they are too hot (panting), too cold (huddled together) or comfortable.
     
  3. TamTurkey

    TamTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CX will get their feathers way before 6 weeks should be covered by 3 weeks.
     
  4. ER123

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    So after 3 weeks how cold of temperatures would you think they could handle?
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  5. TamTurkey

    TamTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm hard to say. I am told they can take 20-40 degree weather but I am a firm believer that temperature has a lot to do with the time it takes to feed out meaties. I raise them for show so I have to get them as plump as possible (without killing them) in 6 weeks so we keep them temperature controlled. By 3 weeks they are at 70 degrees. (they actually have a window unit in their coop keeping them at the right temp) I am afraid I cant answer that question for you. I only know what we do. If nothing else I would make sure they had a heat lamp and could get out of the wind and weather when they wanted to. Most free rangers try to have theirs in the freezer by Halloween. Good luck to you.
     
  6. ER123

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    Thank you
     
  7. ER123

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    So sounds like at about three weeks I should be able to put them out in my coop, and they can handle cold weather. There is not power where the coop is so heat in the coop really isnt an option.
     
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  8. TamTurkey

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    Er I would suggest extension cords and a heat lamp. if they are cold they will spend more energy keeping warm and less fattening up.
     
  9. TamTurkey

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    You can do it but I would add at least 2-4 weeks to fatten them to processing weight
     
  10. chicken dude

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    can you send me pictures because I am interested in the different meat breeds
     

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