Heating the Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickgirl11, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. chickgirl11

    chickgirl11 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have heard that you are supposed to put a heat lamp on the chicks and decrease the temperature by 5 degrees every week. I never really did that but the temperature on them has been consitently warm and they are perfectly fine. I have them on my patio outside in a tote altered to create a good home for them. They were right next to an outlet so the heat lamp could be used easily. They are outgrowing it and they are now 26 days old. I forgot to mention that I have two chicks. I am moving them outside into a coop-like setup but there is no outlet. It is only 60 degrees in the morning. Do they need heat and how should I heat them?
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    60 degrees is a little cold for 4 week old chicks.

    You could put them in a cardboard box with lots of warm bedding (pine bedding works well) each night until they get all their feathers.
     
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At about 6 weeks and with full feathering they should be OK at night outside.

    Better if they are in bigger numbers as they huddle together for warmth.

    Sandie
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If it were me I would put them in the coop during the day when it is warmer and keep them heated at night in their old setup. They don't need much room to sleep. (Until they are fully feathered around 5-7 weeks.)
     
  5. chickgirl11

    chickgirl11 Out Of The Brooder

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    I might keep them in their old setup at night then. Their new "coop" will be lined with straw. Is that a bedding that could keep them warm? I am in Florida and it doesn't normaly get this cold for another few weeks. If it didn't get cold until they were 5 wks then this wouldn't be a problem.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  7. wildeflowers

    wildeflowers I suspect fowl play!

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    Yes, use pine shavings instead of straw (NOT cedar).

    Could you run an extension cord for a week or two out to the coop for cool nights?
     
  8. chickgirl11

    chickgirl11 Out Of The Brooder

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    I can run an extension cord. I am currently using pine bedding but since they will be in an old rabbit hutch that is raised above the ground, the bedding will fall through the wire floor.
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    One thing I have done is use contact paper under the shavings (not even removing the backing of it to make it sticky) . Some of my chickens are in rabbit hutches too.

    Also I have used cardboard under shavings, but this gets wet.
     

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