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

  1. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    take the heat lamp off
     
  3. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Thanks!
     
  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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