Hello from Colorado!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by srkramer, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. srkramer

    srkramer Hatching

    Dec 31, 2011
    Hello Everyone,

    My name is Steve, I live in Colorado, I recently moved to small farm and want to raise chickens (among other livestock) I recently purchased a chicken coop with 8 chickens(5-6 weeks old) that came with it. So far, its been fun, my question is, Here in Colorado, it gets cold at night, I put hay in the bottom of the coop and I'm wondering if that is sufficient enough to keep the chickens warm or do I need to put a heat lamp in? Any suggestions?

  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member 8 Years

    May 11, 2010

    Keep the wind off them and feed them well. I'd be worried about predators, too
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    [​IMG] from Long Island!
    Chickens have survived for thousands of years without humans.
    But when we cage them up, they can't leave and find a better place.
    5-6 weeks is a little early to be outside on their own, keep them dry.
    They need ventilation, without it, moisture buildup can be worse than being without heat.
    Best of luck with them!
  4. Debbiedodo

    Debbiedodo In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2011
    White Cloud, MI
    Welcome to BYC. I new to chickens too, but I would observe them and see how they are doing. Are they huddled together all day? Walking around and just being chickens? Are they fully feathered out? If they seem comfortable, they probably are. If not, I would think about a little extra heat because they are still rather young. Good luck!

  5. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    Hi Steve & [​IMG] from Twentynine Palms in the California high desert! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]

    Like the others have said, I wouldn't worry about the cold. They can handle it!
  6. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Welcome to byc. Maybe get a heated waterer or a light with a 100 watt bulb, just to take the chill off. They are young, better safe than sorry.Deb
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

  8. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    Glad to have you here at BYC!
  9. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ

    My chickens are spoiled, I put on the heat lamp when it gets in the low 30's.
    Which is only a couple of times her in the winter!

    My daughter and her husband live in Eagle, CO.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2012

  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. Hay is excellent insulation.

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