Hi, New to chickens and have questions

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  1. Peepchicks

    Peepchicks New Egg

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    Hi, we live in Missouri and have four 3-week-old Buff Orpington chicks. They are starting to get too big to be inside, but our weather is still in the 30s and below. We are hoping to get them into the chicken coop by the second week of March. Will they be too young? How do we keep them warm enough? Any advice is welcomed, thanks!

    The Peepchicks Family
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    By the second week of March, your chicks will be about six weeks old. At that age, they should be almost fully feathered and able to withstand temperatures down to about 50 degrees F., at least in my experience. If your weather is still really cold, that means you'll have to supply your chicks with some extra heat in their coop or keep them inside a little longer (probably not preferable).

    If there is a way to route electricity safely out to your coop, then a heat lamp, electric chick brooder, or even a heating pad should help your chicks stay warm. There is always some risk of fire with heating elements and chicken coops, but as long as you try to keep the heat lamp/other heater out of the shavings (by securely hanging it, etc.) and make sure the wiring is not faulty, everything should be fine.
     
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  4. Peepchicks

    Peepchicks New Egg

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    Thanks!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    You've received some good advice already. Good luck with your chicks!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Bantam Lover gave your good advice. But, that's why most people don't want chicks in winter
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    BantamLover21 has answered your question very well.

    Glad you joined!
     
  9. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Great advice there for you from Bantam lover, I too am in the same situation having chicks and it still being a little nippy. I moved mine out to the garage with a heat lamp at 2 weeks of age and they have been fine.
    Good luck with your chicks and hope you enjoy BYC, I am sure you will :frow
     
  10. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!

    Glad to have you join!
     

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