I moved my 4 wk. old chicks outside to coop & it turned cold!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lifetimechicklover, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. lifetimechicklover

    lifetimechicklover Chirping

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    We've had nice weather here in SC. I had baby chicks that I ordered inside my house. What a mess! I had to get them out! My sister and I frantically built a "shabby shack" coop with only a heat type lamp with a 75W bulb for warmth. Needless to say, the coop has some cracks here & there. Last night the wind was up to 25 mph & temp was 39. They survived, but my question is, can I put an electric heater inside a large bird cage inside the coop for some more heat? Wind is still up to 20 mph today & temp is 49; to drop to 33 tonight and for the next few days. Please....I need your advice!!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    At 4 weeks I would still be running a heat lamp suspended from the ceiling at about 2-3 feet up with a 125 watt heat bulb at night, and during the day if necessary.
     
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  3. lazy gardener

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    No, you don't need to do more. By the time they are 4 - 5 weeks old, they should be fine. My chicks are brooded outside with a MHP brooder. They wean themselves off heat by the time they are 4 - 5 weeks old. at that time, temps are down to low 30's at night. Day time temps vary 50 - 70. They are wearing down coats, and they will cuddle together. If you are concerned, give them a huddle box.
     
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  4. lifetimechicklover

    lifetimechicklover Chirping

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    MANY THANKS! I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER ABOUT THEIR SAFETY ...
     
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  5. lazy gardener

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    YVW! BTW, it's perfectly normal for them to scream like they are being killed the first few nites you put them in the coop. And if they are used to a heat lamp, they are terrified of the dark!
     
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  6. lifetimechicklover

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    Yes, they've had that lamp since day one. I don't dare take that away yet! It'd be like taking a pacifier from a baby. lol
     
  7. lazy gardener

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    substitute a night light, and give them a huddle box. They are old enough, really! Perhaps this weekend?
     
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  8. Chickens_4Life

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    They should be fine. A recommended age is actually 6 weeks.
     
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  9. Foster's Freehold

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    Mine are out in the coop. Because I have adults, they are in a large wire dogcrate, no huddle box (they didn't use it), but I have put a couple of old dog bed fleeces over it the last couple of nights when the temps were in the high 20's, low 30's with rain/snow mix.
    Just make sure they are dry and have dry bedding. Wet and cold leads to death. Dry and cold is ok cause they wear down jackets.
     
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  10. lifetimechicklover

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    So many excellent suggestions! I'll be able to sleep tonight with no worries about my chicks. Thanks to everyone who responded. I'm so glad to be a BYC member!
     
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