move to coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by junkman56, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. junkman56

    junkman56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Chicks just turned a full 4 weeks old today. do you think it would be OK to transfer them from the brooder to the coop without heat now? last nights temp dropped down to 34 degrees. or should I keep them in the brooder under heat longer.

    thank you
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It may be an idea to wean them off the heat source, whilst in the brooder, before setting them in the coop. At the same time, taking them outdoors for increasing periods of time will also help the adjustment to the cooler temperatures.

    If you have power in your coop, then another option would be to move them, but set up heat source as described here may be worth considering - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    As CT Ken has said..
    Your Chicks are fully feathered by now so they can take colder temps..If no power to the Coop? Leave them out all day in the coop and run area and bring them in at night without the heat lamp on inside the brooder...They will be ready after a week to stay out full time...

    Cheers!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Have they been outside at all?
    You're still using heat on them inside the house?
     
  5. junkman56

    junkman56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    they are in my garage ( unheated ), I started to turn the heat lamp off during the day and I put it back on at night. I also been putting them out in the run for a little while during the day.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    If you have been doing that? Then today should be moving day for the Birds..Time for them to get out and learn to be a Chicken..
    They will be fine..

    Best of luck..

    Cheers!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You might consider making them a 'huddle box', put it in the brooder after turning off the heat(you might have to 'persuade' them to use it) then move it out to the coop with them.
    Cardboard box with a bottom a little bigger than what they need to cuddle next to each other without piling and tall enough for them to stand in.
    Cut an opening on one side a couple inches from bottom and big enough for 2-3 of them to go thru at once.
    Fill the bottom with some pine shavings an inch or so deep.
    This will give them a cozy place to sleep/rest, block any drafts and help hold their body heat in.
     
  8. junkman56

    junkman56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    thank you for your replies
     

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