Day-old chicks in the coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by amcbell, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. amcbell

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    Hello chicken peeps,
    I have a few day-old chicks arriving at the end of next week and my hope/plan is to encourage my broody Buff Orpington to adopt them. If it works and she takes to them as their new mom, do I need to worry about temps with the babies, or will my hen take care of it? I'm in Massachusetts and in late April, daytime temps will be in the 50s-upper 60s and nighttime temps in the 40s and 50s. I am prepared to raise them inside if the "adoption" isn't successful. But now I'm wondering about the whole 95 degree thing...

    I do know chicks need to be warm, but I also know that chickens have been raising babies in the spring without the help of humans and heat lamps for a looooong time. Any thoughts and ideas or experience with this is much appreciated. Thank you!!!!
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    If the hen does adopt them you have no need to worry about warmth as that is what the hen is for -- the only reason we have to use artificial heat in artificial brooding is that there is no hen there to do it for us. Forget the whole "95 degree" thing -- it is something too many folks get all too hung up on and is actually not at all accurate in the needs of chicks.
     
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