do they need food and water at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mamabigbird, May 24, 2011.

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  1. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Songster

    Feb 11, 2010
    Vancouver Island, B.C.,
    My brooder is set up on our back porch, protected from wind, and I have a red brooder light which gives warmth, but its' still cold at night.
    It gets down to 9-11ish C. ( don't know what that is in Fahrenheit )
    I'm thinking I might need to bring them in at night and put them in the bathtub in a cardboard box.
    My question is do I need to bring in their waterer and food too?
    If they were with a mama hen wouldn't they stay under her all night?
    Normally chickens don't move around in the dark.
    If I move their brooder light into the bathtub too to increase the temp would that make them more active and therefore need food and water?
    I can move everything back and forth but if I don't have to it would be easier.
    I pick them up tomorrow morning so could use advice A.S.A.P.
  2. Anianna

    Anianna Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    That's about 48-52 degrees Fahrenheit (with a little rounding). That's pretty chilly for the youngest ones and I think most here would probably bring them in until they are fully feathered. Without a light, they would pretty much sleep all night, but with a heat lamp, they will be up sporadically throughout the night. If you don't have food and water in there at night, they will live, but they will probably put up a fuss and get noisy about it.
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