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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shakecc, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Central OH
    I have 4 week old chicks that have been living in my air conditioned house with a heat lamp. One nicer days I have been putting on our shaded porch outside with their l lamp on. We have had mild weather,low to mid 80s. I put them out on the portch today (in the shade) it is probably about 90-92 here today. When I went out to check on them I noticed 2 of the 7 are panting. Should I leave them out there or bring them in. I know the heat lamp with keep them warm, but I also worry about the sudden change in temp of bringing them back in the air conditioning.

    What should I do?
  2. pax12

    pax12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2008
    take the heat lamp off
  3. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Central OH
    Sorry, I was not very clear...I don't have the heat lamp on them today since it was so warm. Only before on the cooler days.
  4. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    I would leave them out in the shade, just make sure they have water. At 4 weeks they are pretty hardy.
  5. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    Four week old chicks should be fully feathered, and most people put them outside full-time. They shouldn't need a heat lamp at all at this point. The qualifier would be, if you continue to keep them in an air conditioned house, i would keep the lamp on when they are in there, but up away from the top of the brooder, and allow a lot of room for them to get away from the heat.

    Do you have a pen and coop ready for them outside? What breed are they?
  6. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Central OH
    Our coop is almost done...a couple of finishing touches that we should get done tonight so they will most likely be going out tomorrow. I was planning on keep a heat lamp out there, but it sounds as though we may not need one?

    There are
    2 Buff Orbs
    2 Light Brahmas
    2 Barred Rocks
    1 Black Sex Link

  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Recently a member here said she put covered containers of ice with her overheated chicks and that some of them climbed aboard to cool down...seems like a good idea.[​IMG]

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