First night outside?? And coop question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JBavar, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. JBavar

    JBavar In the Brooder

    Aug 20, 2013
    Okay, my youngest chick is 5 weeks old on Monday. I think the oldest is 10ish weeks, and I have a roughly 8 week old (Not certain, but they're fully feathered and much bigger). Am I being overprotective to put the heat lamp outside for the 5 week old tonight? The low will be 66.

    I'd rather not have the heat lamp out there because I'm paranoid of the fire risk. It's not inside the coop at all, just shining in through the ventilation holes. But I'm also a little worried to not have it out there for the youngest because this would be her first time without it. BUT she cuddles with one of the bigger maybe she'd be okay without it??

    They've been outside all day without the heat lamp, but it was 75 today.

    Also, I have this coop:

    And I covered the window hole and added 7 (1 inch diameter) holes at the top for ventilation. Is this enough for ventilation? I covered the window hole because it will be winter soon and I don't want the wind to blow right in on any of the birds. The window hole is right at roost level....don't know what the designers of this thing were thinking.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013
  2. Your chicks will be fine. The others will generate heat from their bodies. 5 weeks old means that he/she is feathered and ready to face the world. It is still warm enough not to worry. You'll be alright.

    Wish ya the best.
  3. I had my girls out at 3 weeks with out a heat lamp and it was only about 20 Celsius.
  4. JBavar

    JBavar In the Brooder

    Aug 20, 2013
    They've had their heatlamp the last two nights out there and they've been fine, though they definitely huddle near the end of the hen house where the lamp is.
    I want to wean them off of it, I'm just not sure how quickly I should do it. Already they're not getting nearly the heat they were getting last week, since the heat lamp is not even in the hen house. It's shining through a vent hole, just warming the house a little on one side.
  5. maybe try moving the heat lamp up slowly
  6. jdoane

    jdoane Songster

    Aug 7, 2013
    Western Massachusetts
    I moved mine out at 5.5 week and it was pretty chilly at night. They were totally fine!
  7. horsefeathers09

    horsefeathers09 Songster

    Mar 1, 2009
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I take the lamp off my chicks at 5 weeks, I wouldn't consider 66 to cold at all.

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