I have 8 week old chickens and my Easter Egger will not stop calling out / sounds like crying today. Today is day 3 with no heat lamp in the house. It's about 70 degrees - what could be wrong with her???
Excessive peeping in young chickens is a sign of distress, I would try giving them back the heat lamp to see if that's it, if it stops than at least you will know why, otherwise what other changes were made and do they have access to food and water and things to do all day, just some thoughts.
@oldhenlikesdogsI put the heat lamp back and she stopped!! Poor things was cold - I wanted to move them to he coop this week with the heat lamp but if she was cold in 69/70 degrees - do you think she'll be ok outside with a lamp at 30-50 degrees???
I would move them to the coop and run a heat lamp if your coop is big enough, then slowly wean them off it, I would start by leaving it off during part of the day than eventually stop running it, some become more attached to the heat light than others. It's hard to say if she likes the comfort of is actually cold, perhaps to her the light is like a mother to her.
At 8 weeks old and in 70 degree temperatures I wouldn't think that she suddenly just got cold, and was the only one that got cold. You may just have a Diva on your hands...I have one and to this day she still is the one that squawks and carries on something fierce about any changes in her environment! She's my Easter Egger known as Dumb Daphne the Flock Complainer, and can she ever get LOUD when she's unhappy! As a chick she'd carry on to high heaven if the waterer was moved to the other side of the brooder...if I didn't get the new bedding deep enough when I cleaned the brooder.....you name it, she complained about it. If I'd put things back the way they were, she'd settle right down.
But the worst was when I started weaning them off the lamp a few days before I put them outside to live, and she was only 5 weeks old at the time. You'd have thought someone was pulling out her new feathers one at a time! First of all, it made the room darker. Oh, horrors! Then the room was chillier. Gasp, shudder! And to make matters even worse, her flockmates didn't care about her plight and they went about their business, totally ignoring her. Talk about adding insult to injury!
You don't say where you live, so it's hard to say what's best. I can only tell you that I'm a heartless chicken owner. I live in Northern Wyoming and my chicks went out to the un-insulated, unheated coop at 5.5 weeks old. Temps? Well, they were in the 20s and the third night they were out there it snowed. They went out on April 1st, and we were still getting snowfalls until June 6th. If I'd kept them in the house that long I'd have been finding eggs in the brooder! The first two nights they were out I put a heat lamp out there for them. When I'd check on them they'd be snuggled down in a pile of feathers right next to the pop door - nowhere near the heat lamp. On the third day I took the heat lamp out....they weren't using it anyway and I wasn't risking a fire if they didn't even need it in there. They survived, they thrived, and all were strong and healthy.
I can't tell you what to do, of course. But if you can tolerate her being upset for a few hours, she should settle down. Eventually she'll have to learn to do without that lamp...prolonging it just seems to be contrary to your plan. As for when to put them out, well, again, that depends on where you live. I had a 3 week old lone chick that I put back out in the coop in a dog crate with a heating pad cave after he'd been in the house recovering from an injury, and it was 6 below zero. He did just great. Now I brood all my chicks outside in a brooder pen set up in the run. Raised 3 batches of chicks that way, never lost one, used a heat pad cave for them, and every single one of them grew up just perfectly fine and healthy. Temps were in the teens and twenties, with a few snowstorms tossed in there for good measure. They lay well, and they also don't give me any hissy fits about changes in their environment (like Dumb Daphne did) because they were raised from day one in the place they'd spend the rest of their lives in. Hope that reassures you a little bit.