New to chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SoORchick73, May 9, 2011.

  1. SoORchick73

    SoORchick73 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    We just got 6 chicks last Friday and hubby has been building their coop and run all weekend. Im excited to take on this new adventure, and having our own fresh eggs. I am learning a lot from this forum, and we borrowed our coop design from someone else here. From what I have read, once the coop is done, I can close them in it with their heat lamp right? Even though here in southern oregon its cool at night the light will keep them warm?

    Once they are fully feathered I will unblock the door and allow them to go outside. From what ive read, each week I decrease the temp under the lamp by 5 degrees. So does that mean if its at 90 now they will be under the lamp for another month still until I get them down to 70?

  2. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    [​IMG] It sounds like you have done your research. I kept them in a heated brooder until they were 3-4 weeks old and then turned them into the coop with a heat lamp. They will need a source of heat until they are fully feathered (6-7 weeks), especially at night. The heat should be lowered each week as you have described. You should make sure that your coop is predator proof and that it protects the chicks from harsh weather. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 9, 2011
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I would add, watch how they act and adjust temp by that as well. I've yet to have a batch of chicks that want to be as warm as the book says.

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