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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by oaklandgurlz, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. oaklandgurlz

    oaklandgurlz New Egg

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    Against all better judgement and research, we bought 6 Silver Laced Wyandottes on Thanksgiving weekend thinking I had PLENTY of time to finish the coop. The weather in SF Bay area saw it differently. Sunday, we will have had them 4 weeks, so I'm pretty sure they're 5-6 weeks old. My question is, is there any danger of shock by moving them from the warmer house into the cold coop. They've been under a heat lamp 100% of their time here, in a brooder, in the dining room. in the house, the lamp keeps them around 60-75f.
    It's Christmas eve and they really need to go.
    I'll have a heat lamp in the coop, but it is getting down to just above freezing here in Oakland. I doubt I can maintain 50f overnight in the coop. They huddle together as soon as I remove the lamp for any reason i.e. changing food and water.
    I am planning on using deep litter method during winter months at least.
    Anything I should be concerned about?

    Bryan in Oakland

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  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    If they huddle together they are cold, so you will need to maintain the heat and gradually wean them off the heat. I hope others with more experience can advise further.

    Good luck
    Ct
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC & Merry Christmas! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree with CT Ken. Are they fully feathered out or still have down?
     
  5. oaklandgurlz

    oaklandgurlz New Egg

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    Here are the girls as of Jan 3. Two still have a bit of down on their butts, but otherwise they're fully feathered. Temp got down into the low 40s f and they did just fine.

    Couple of questions:
    Is it too early (6-8 weeks old) to begin adding salad and stale bread scraps into their diets? No meat.

    Does anyone have a design for a predator proof (rats, cats, raccoons, hawks) chicken run that is built on a STEEP 30% slope? I plan on using 1/2" PVC with construction fabric, but the angles make for a tough build and a LOT of wasted mesh. Any Ideas? I'm also posting this on the coop/run forum,
     

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