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Hello from Colorado!

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

  1. srkramer

    srkramer New Egg

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    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

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

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    [​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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  8. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Glad to have you here at BYC!
     
  9. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. Hay is excellent insulation.
     

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