HELP! Supplemental Heat Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by saltnprepper, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. saltnprepper

    saltnprepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have chicks that are fully feathered out, they will be 5 weeks old this Monday. The brooder is on an unheated uninsulated enclosed porch with a heat lamp. I have the heat lamp keep one corner of the brooder at about 72 degrees. I have read that I can take off the supplemental heat at 5 weeks. However I am in the pacific north west the ambient temp on the porch is about 60 degrees the outside night temps are high 30's or low 40's. At what point can I safely put them outside in the coop with no heat lamp? Do I need to put them in the large unheated garage for a week between the porch and going in the coop. The garage is huge and empty and not insulated so its about the same as the outdoor temps.

    I have 7 chicks in the brooder but when they are ready to go outside they are being split between two coops. 3 in one and 4 in the other. My neighbor is taking 3 of them. I am keeping 4 of them.

    Incase breed influences your answer:

    Coop 1 will have, 1 buff orphington, 1 welsummer, 1 easter egger and 1 rhode island red

    Coop 2 will have, 1 welsummer, 1 easter egger and 1 delaware


    PDZ is working well but its an uphill battle and I need a plan on when to move them.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would keep the heat lamp on them. While chicks of that age can be without heat, I don't think they would do well in 30-40 degree temperatures. I would wait until they were 10-12 weeks of age before removing the heat completely.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    All of your breeds are hardy. They should be fine in the daytime, but I'd put a heat lamp on at night. Before you move them out to the coop, I think it would be a good idea to let them be in the garage. This way, they can harden off to the cold temperatures.
     
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  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    By 7 weeks they should be all feathered out completely and should need no supplemental heat. But if they have a heat lamp at night, I would start weaning it slowly. When I have put mine into a cold coop they will sometimes get under a lamp at night, and after a day or two they don't seem to use it. I always believe in a gradual adjustment. At 5 weeks they might need the lamp at night for sure because feather growth may not be complete.
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm in the PNW also, and in the spring the temps are often the same as now. My 6 week old babies get weaned off the light and kicked out of the brooder and do just fine. I figure it's about the same age my broody hens stop brooding their babies, and if those chicks can handle it the brooder babies can, too.
     
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