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Do my Sick Chicks need Heat for Winter?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by -Alt, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. -Alt

    -Alt Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seven chicks, mostly bantams, about four months old, and I believe they have some manner of respiratory disease. I have separated them from the older chickens, but I am worried they aren't going to be warm enough over the winter. I was wondering at what temperature they should get heat, or if anyone thinks they need heat at all. Having a heat lamp in the barn terrifies me, but if they need heat I'm not sure of an alternative.

    I live in Canada where the the temperature now and then reaches -32° Celsius (-25° F)

    Thanks,
    Alt
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Chickens with respiratory illnesses usually need extra heat when they are sick. Is there any way you could bring them inside to a spare room or basement? Most people try to keep the temp around 75-80F for chickens who can't regulate their body temperatures. Bantams, even when healthy, might need a little bit of extra heat with a lamp, when temps are below15-20 F degrees. I have raised a handful of different bantams, and usually add a heat lamp when we have a couple of weeks 15 or below. Heat lamps are indeed dangerous to use, and must be carefully secured, and kept at least 18 inches from chickens.
     
  3. -Alt

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    I may have to work on my parents before getting them in the house, but that would certainly be my first choice. Thank you for the advice! I really don't want to have a heat lamp in the barn, so I'm wondering if they've be happier a trailer we have, just in case of a fire.
     

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