In the Brooder
- Mar 30, 2012
My 1 1/2 year old black Orpington hen, Betty, is raising three chicks. They are a week old as of 4/28. I have them out in the porch without supplemental heat (a heat lamp). The problem is, is that we are having a cold, wet spring. The porch gets some heat from the house and stays about 60-68 degrees. Warmer when the sun is shining (which is rare lately). There are no drafts. My question is: Are they warm enough? The chicks spend a lot of time under Momma, and emerge every hour to eat and drink and run around a little. Should I be giving them supplemental heat or is the natural heat that Momma is providing good enough? I don't want to endanger my little babies! Help!