Need Advice: Moving Chicks to Coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crazyhatlady, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. crazyhatlady

    crazyhatlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You would think that for having raise chicks for 5 years I would know what I am doing but still I'm unsure. This is the earliest I've hatched out/ordered chicks.

    There are 25 of them, youngest 4 weeks (Black Jersey Giants and Barred Rocks) and oldest are 6 weeks mutts. Here's my current temp where I am and for the next few days.
    TODAY

    MAR 15
    25° /15°F
    Snow showers; blowing snow

    THU

    MAR 16
    25° /15°
    Mostly cloudy; blowing snow
    More
    FRI

    MAR 17
    35° /20°
    Turning cloudy; not as cold
    More
    SAT

    MAR 18
    39° /29°
    Cloudy with a little snow
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    SUN

    MAR 19
    39° /22°

    Chicks have been off heat for at least a week, I used an ecoglow. Our house is kept at 70 . Here's a picture of them:
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    So your thoughts? Expand the brooder or ready to move out? If I should wait, what temperature am I looking for?
     
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I TOTALLY mother and smother my baby chicks and wouldnt make them go outside without them being completely feathered unless it was 50 degrees or around there, but for the most part you can just play it by ear, like if you put them out and they are cold, shivering and unable to do normal chicken things they it might be a good idea to put them back inside or put a light out for them :)

    And WOW you have some cold weather right now! Good luck with your little bit of snow! PNW just has a bunch of rain right now LOL
     
  3. crazyhatlady

    crazyhatlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    My overnight low is about 45. My chicks were hatched 2/9. My house is 62 and they have been off heat for more than a week. And they have spent many days outside with temps in the mid 50's. I have a broody with chicks from the same days hatch that is outside. But I am going to wait before sending them out for the night. The broody ones still have mama. I am also in the PNW, mild temps and plenty of rain. [​IMG]

    Since you have 25, they may be able to huddle well enough with a huddle box. I'm guessing they aren't all sleeping on a roost right now? Without taking them out and letting them adjust during the day I wouldn't just plop them out there. They need some time to acclimate. A sudden 30 degree drop in temp could be a little shocking to the system, I would think. [​IMG] But I would take them out during the day and observe. If they act normal and then settle down to nap in a nice chick pile then they are probably comfy. But if after a chance to settle in and get used to the surroundings they still seem unhappy, then you will know it is still a tad too cold.

    Buncha cute babies you got there! [​IMG]
     
  5. crazyhatlady

    crazyhatlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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