Moving chickens to coop in winter UK

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by diky, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. diky

    diky Hatching

    Dec 9, 2013

    I have 3 hybrid laying hens just over 2 months old that I have raised from chicks in my house

    They were using an eco brooder but they haven't needed that for some time now

    The temperature where I am is 8C - 2C currently

    I am a bit concerned about moving them to the coop. Will they be OK at that temperature

    I had planned to run the eco brooder off a laptop battery initially but I only get 3 hours of power.

    I could let them use the eco brooder again for some heat if I move the coop closer to my house, will they need it

    I would be grateful for any tips on acclimatising them


  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Try to expose them to the cold during the day for a couple days. Or do you have a safe place in or near your house that you can get much cooler?
    I have chicks younger than that in the coop without heat but they do roost with older birds. It's been as low as minus 12C at night.
    But they've been out there since it was warmer with a broody hen so they're acclimated.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013

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