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Moving to the big girl coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jesskitten78, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. jesskitten78

    jesskitten78 In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2015
    I have 10 chicks that are 6 weeks old now. They've been outside with their brinsea eco glow for a week now. I am wondering if it's safe to put them in the big coop now (with no heating element) full time. I'm in Northern California and the weather has been pretty stable the last couple weeks, a little rain here and there, day time temps of high 60's and nighttime temps in the mid to high 40's. Since they've been outside they've been shielded from the rain. They are currently in a large wire dog crate under my patio cover with the heater. But it seems like they should be pretty acclimated to the colder temps by now. They are almost completely feathered, maybe a tiny bit of fuzz left on their necks but otherwise they are miniature chickens!! Any advice is appreciated!!

  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Yes, they are probably ready for life without their heat source and be fine in the coop.

    However, here's what you can do so you have peace of mind and know they no longer need their heat. Move them and their Eco-glo into the coop. Go out after dark, when the evening has cooled down considerably and peek at them.

    If the little darlings are snuggled in a part of the coop away from the Eco-glo, then you can be certain they no longer need it.

    If they're under the Eco-glo, then they still need it for a while longer. When you go out some night and finally see they've abandoned the heat, then you can be confident they no longer need it, and you can remove it and not feel guilty.

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