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How warm...?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Titaniumcranium, May 19, 2008.

  1. Titaniumcranium

    Titaniumcranium In the Brooder

    May 4, 2008
    How warm should it be at night before I let my chicks stay out in the coop all night.I haven't got it totally sealed yet,so it gets a little cold.They're about 7 or 8 weeks old now and they have full feathers.

    What's the coldest they can handle?

    I had um out there but they were makin such a ruckus I brought um in and stuck um in a big dog crate till morning.

    Any input please.
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    As long as there are no drafts I would think that it should in the middle 60's F. at least for them at that age.

    I've never had mine outside at that age yet so hopefully someone who has personal experience with theirs can give you an absolute on this.
  3. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    With a heat lamp, I would say 40 and above. Without a heat lamp maybe 55 and above.

    At this age they wouldn't have mom to care for them anymore, so as long as it is draft free and not very cold, I'm not super worried about it.
  4. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Songster

    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    Mine are out there at about 40 degrees just fine, they are 7 weeks old. As long as they have a shelter and can get out of the weather they'll be OK. I have rigged up their heat lamp outside for them, I turn it on for an hour or two in the mornings to help them warm up, but they really don't need it.
  5. Titaniumcranium

    Titaniumcranium In the Brooder

    May 4, 2008
    Yeah,I don't have it draft free yet and that's why I brought them in.Gonna have to pick up some foam for the door tomorrow to help seal it and caulk any gaps I have.

    Thank you.

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