My almost 5 weekers are TROOPERS!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DawnSuiter, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    For the last 2 nights, my small group of 9 have decided to huddle elsewhere from the heat lamp, in fact as FAR away as they can get. Regardless of the 30 degree temperature that they are in, the prefer to tuff it out! How crazy is that?

    I've got some tuff chicks!!!
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    That's great!

    I'm in the process of taking the heat lamp away from my 5 week olds. I started by taking it away during the day. Next week, I'll take it away at night and see how they do. Then it's off to the starter coop!
  3. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here they are after I shooed them over to the light to eat & drink the warm water I brought them this a.m.
  4. Season

    Season New Egg

    Nov 29, 2009
    Hi and good morning! I'm new to BYC and this is my first post. This is my first time raising chickens and the girls will be 5 weeks old tomorrow. 2 New Hampshire Reds, 1 Plymouth Rock, 1 black sexlink and one gold sexlink. They are all living in the bathtub in a large plastic box and I've got to get them out of there! They have grown so fast and need more room. They have been off the heat lamp for a couple of days now and their coop is almost done. How do I get them out of the tub and into the coop? I'm in California with low temps are high 30's and high temps are low to mid 60's. Will they still need a heat lamp? For how long? I plan to keep them closed inside the coop for a few days before letting them out into the run. The coop is 4 X 6 (I replicated the EZ Clean Deuce Coop) and the run is 6 X 6 all enclosed.

  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    DawnSuiter, your chicks are beautiful. They really are tougher than we give them credit for.
    Hi Season and welcome to BYC!
    Do your chicks look about as feathered out as DawnSuiters are? If so, they're more than ready for the (draft-free) coop. With nighttime temps. in the 30s at night, you might want to continue to offer a heat source at night for a couple more weeks. It's always a good idea to doubly secure a heat lamp used in the coop. Example, hang it with a chain and then secure it with zip ties or other binder.
    Keep them in the coop only for about a week, then on nice days let them have access to their run.
    In the future, you might want to start your own thread to ask a new question. That way your question isn't lost at the bottom of someone else's thread.
    Good luck and stick around! You'll love it here at BYC! [​IMG]
    ETA: If you don't know how to start a new thread, it can seem a little tricky, just PM me and I'll be glad to help you out. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  6. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    [​IMG] from Alaska

    as for moving them, I would just carry their plastic box to the coop. and place them from it into the coop.

    heat lamp? depends on the chicks, weather and coop temp.
  7. Season

    Season New Egg

    Nov 29, 2009
    Hi Gritsar and thanks for the reply and advice on starting a new thread! My girls aren't quite as feathered as DawnSuiters beauties, but they're getting close!
  8. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    The Troopers are beautiful!!!!! [​IMG]
  9. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    My rule of thumb is that when they are big enough that they shun the heat lamp, they don't need it. I start going out at night and peeking in the coop (Yes, DH things I'm nuts when I do this.) When they are no longer sleeping under the light at night, I begin turning it off. I only turn it back on if there is a sudden hard cold snap. Of course, for me 30's is a hard cold snap! [​IMG] But I figure that birds usually get hardened to whatever climate they live in.
  10. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi Everyone, thank you for the wonderful compliments, I'm a proud mama... and now I'm down to 7 left, only 2 extras to find new homes for! Not bad for this time of year. It's been below freezing for two nights so I put the light back on and made them move over to that area, but they seem unsure of where they want to be. I think now they've settled on the edge of the light. Really amazing I think.. I hope they know what's best for themselves, that's all I can hope for now.

    [​IMG] to you Seasons if you read this, you'll love it here!

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