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How to acclimate chicks to cooler night time temps when brooder ambient temp doesn't drop below 75 a

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cajun41887, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. cajun41887

    cajun41887 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 25, 2015
    I live in Southwest Florida where our daytime temps are 80 currently and night time temps in the mid to low 60's. 10 chicks all 5 weeks old and all feathered except a few aren't feathered fully on their heads. They are living in my garage without a heat lamp currently. My question is, how do I acclimate them to the cooler night time temps when my garage doesn't get below the low 70's even over night? Can I just move them to the coop or is that too much of a shock to them? They haven't had the heat lamp on overnight for a couple of days. All are normal sized chickens, not bantams. 3 Delawares, 1 Partridge Rock, 2 Australorps, 2 EE and 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes. Thanks so much for any help and suggestions you can provide. Guess I should also mention the coop is not drafty, but is well ventilated. I don't want to use a heat lamp in the coop as the thought of having a fire is terrifying!
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I would personally move them out to the coop, you can always close up some vents to keep it a bit warmer overnight, but they should sleep in a huddle for a while and keep themselves warm.
  3. cajun41887

    cajun41887 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 25, 2015
    Thanks old hen!
  4. orion141

    orion141 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2015
    They should be fine in that weather without heat. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they are behaving ok.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Dropping from 70s to 60s shouldn't be problem at all.
  6. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can I just take a moment to say "Thank the Lord I don't live in Florida!" I would die from heat!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    My chicks moved from 70 degree temps to overnight high 40's low 50's temps when they were 5 weeks old. That was mid October here in Washington. I know, you are thrilled you don't live in Washington! LOL
  7. cajun41887

    cajun41887 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 25, 2015
    Bird believer, I was actually born and raised in Washington. Lived there for 23 years. Still have tons of family in the Bothell/Everett area.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2015

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