New at chickens my name is Debbie

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  1. dlgower

    dlgower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read 7 books but still un sure of heat for my 6 week old pullets that I am getting 4/5/15. It still gets cold in Colorado
    Springs in April. At 6 weeks do they need a heat source in the coop? What type of heat is best? Or should I keep them inside a little longer. I have a large dog create I can use if they need to stay inside longer. I am getting 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes and 2
    Easter Eggers.
    Thank-You for any help
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. A lot will depend upon the environment that they are coming from. If they are being provided with heat when you get them, they will need to gradually be weaned off.
     
  4. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think 6 week old pullets will need supplemental heat in April. They are all feathered out at that point. Just make sure they have enough food available to burn calories for heat.

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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2 Six weeks is kind of an in between age, with draft free shelter if they are feathered feathered and the weather is decent (40* or so) and they have been acclimated to the cold, they will probably be fine without heat. If it is colder, or if they have been kept in a brooder and haven't been exposed to colder temps, or are behind in feathering, I'd try to keep them in for a few weeks and get them used to the cold first (turn off the heat during the day, put them outside for short periods of time (watch them and when they quit moving around and start to huddle bring them back in), and by eight weeks they should be fine outside even if it is cold... it will probably be easier to keep four birds inside for two weeks than to heat the coop (and give you more time to bond with them :) ... most people use heat lamps of some sort to heat to make a warm spot in the coop, but it is always a safety issue.
     
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome![​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community.

    If they were mine, I'd probably provide a little heat. Chicks at 6 weeks are usually covered in feathers, but don't have all their insulating feathers yet. They may not be able to withstand freezing temperatures, but should do fine at 50 degrees or so. I'd wait until they were at least 8 weeks old before putting them outside in really cold weather.
     
  8. dlgower

    dlgower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for the help.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    The other members have answered your questions well. Good luck with your future chicks! You're getting some great breeds.
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     

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