my mom who does not like chickens....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ticks, May 6, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Wants me to move my chicks which are 3 weeks old into their brooder outside in the garage with a heat lamp. I have 2 if I need them to have more heat. What are your thoughts?
  2. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    If it is sheltered from wind and you have a themometer, it should be fine. If you can set their brooder up off the floor that should help with keeping it warmer.

    How can your mom not like baby chickens? [​IMG]
  3. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    I love my baby chicks, but after having 2 batches in the house this spring, one with 50 chicks, and the other with 25 there was so much dust from them flapping around and the smell! Even though I kept it cleaned out every other day it was getting pretty funny that the house smelled like a barn!
    Next spring we will have a little brooder built in the garage!!!
  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    With a heat lamp they will be fine. I move my chicks outside at 1 & 2 weeks all the time. I just moved my 1 week olds out yesterday it's so much easier.
  5. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    They will be fine in the garage. I too did the cellar thing in the past and they just make to much of a mess and the older they get the more they smell. Last spring I did the garage with a heat lamp and they did fine even with quite a few still very cool days and nights.
    And I LOVE the sticks of Vermont! Good Luck, they will be fine. Oh and it you brooder is a cage I covered it partway with a towel to prevent drafts.
  6. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Keep a real close eye on them. In VT you are still getting night temps in the 30's and maybe even lower depending on your definition of 'in the sticks' ......LOL So be careful and good luck.
    Last edited: May 6, 2008
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    I actually moved my 1 1/2 week old chicks out to the coop in their brooder 3 days ago, with the heat lamp of course! I check on them regularly and they have been doing just fine!

    As long as your chicks are in a predator and draft free place AND have their heat lamp, they will be just fine! [​IMG] Moving them out into a secure location will be worth keeping the peace with your mom. You don't want to push the issue and end up having to get rid of them. [​IMG]
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Aww mean mommy! :aww Good luck with moving the chicks...I can't see how ANYONE would hate chickens [​IMG]
  9. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    would they be okay on wire? it is not big enough for their feet to get caught in it
  10. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I used a big wire rabbit cage but lined it with newspaper and then shavings. I also taped cardboard around the sides and back to keep the shavings in, heat lamp attached to top. I don't know how far up in VT you are as far as freezing temps still but between the chicks, the light and if you do use a cage drape a big towel around it to keep out any drafts. Your mother will love you for getting them out of the house. I am sure they will be fine, as I said I have done this as early as the end of March.

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