Is 40 degrees too cold for 7.5 week old chicks outside?

Kaesi2020

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Hi all! My almost eight week old chicks have been out in their coops for a couple of weeks now and doing well. Night time temps have been in the 50s but tonight will be 40 degrees. We have some insulation in the coop but no heat lamp. Do you think they will be OK? There are six of them. I think they are all fully feathered. As always, thank you for any feedback!
 

DobieLover

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Hi all! My almost eight week old chicks have been out in their coops for a couple of weeks now and doing well. Night time temps have been in the 50s but tonight will be 40 degrees. We have some insulation in the coop but no heat lamp. Do you think they will be OK? There are six of them. I think they are all fully feathered. As always, thank you for any feedback!
They will be completely fine.
I have 4 week olds out in the coop now and we're also hitting 40F. They are too big and too many to fit under their mother. They're cozied around her and doing fine. If they are, yours are.
 

NatJ

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Hi all! My almost eight week old chicks have been out in their coops for a couple of weeks now and doing well. Night time temps have been in the 50s but tonight will be 40 degrees. We have some insulation in the coop but no heat lamp. Do you think they will be OK? There are six of them. I think they are all fully feathered. As always, thank you for any feedback!

Yes, they will be fine. Since they have already had 50s at night for several weeks, going a bit colder will be no problem. I would expect them to be fine down into the 30s and probably into the 20s, given the age, experience, and coop you've described. No heat lamp needed.
 

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