How hot is Too hot?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by danielle82, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    Hi guys,
    When I put my chicks outside, it will be very hot out... If it is 110 degrees outside, and then if it gets down to 70 at night is that too much variance for a 7 week old chick? Also is 110 too hot? Do I need to put fans in the coop?
  2. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    They can deal with that type of temperature variance. Just be sure they have plenty of shade and plenty of water. It wouldn't hurt to add electrolyte supplements to the water though if the temps get up to 110.
  3. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    Fantatsic, that is good to hear!
    Thank You!
  4. annek

    annek Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    I have leghorns and rhode Island red's and it is close to 100 here, my chicks are11 weeks old and have been out for over 2 weeks. I have to run a fan, mine pant quite a bit. I also supply lots of water, inc. a shallow plant dish full of water for them to stand in. You will need to change the water a few times a day at that temp. It will be so hot they won't drink it and will get dehydrated. My rhode island red's have a lot harder time with the heat than the leghorns.

    I also wet the ground, they like to dustbathe in a little bit of moist ground.
  5. TXmom

    TXmom Songster

    It's been near 100 degrees here for the past week or more. My girls are panting a lot and I feel bad for them, but I think they're doing fine. I put ice cubes in their water, I hose down their coop and run to try to cool things down, and I bought a large tarp to go over their run for more shade. They also "free range" in a fenced in yard, so they like to sit in the bushes for shade.

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