Help! Snow is coming!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ctina0815, May 17, 2017.

  1. ctina0815

    ctina0815 Just Hatched

    Apr 2, 2017
    Hi all!
    I put my now 7 week old chicks out in their coop last weekend. They are pretty much fully feathered but in the next few days we are expecting temps in the 20's and possibly 2 feet of snow!! Colorado... My dilemma is do I bring my chicks inside and put them back into the brooder that they barely fit in or do I leave them out and put a heat lamp in the coop??? I'm leaning towards the latter but I'm super paranoid about a coop fire. What does everyone think??
    Thank you!
  2. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
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  3. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Can you believe this weather? Gads! I just finished digging up plants I had just installed in my garden and brought them inside. Just when you think it's safe to go ahead and plant.....

    No, your chicks will be fine with no heat. However, what I suggest is some extra bedding. Straw or a thick addition of pine shavings so the chicks can burrow and insulate themselves. This is all they'll need to be cozy.

    You could also put a heating pad under the bedding where they sleep set on low. I certainly wouldn't use a heat lamp. It's not only not necessary, but not worth the risks.
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    At 7 weeks, they will be fine without heat. Chickens actually do better in the cold than with heat.

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