newbie question - can 8 wk old chickens go outside coop at 37 degrees

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DanLeaAnn7, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. DanLeaAnn7

    DanLeaAnn7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I am learning so much here ! I have a question about having the chickens go outside when it is cold. It is 37 degrees out side now, is it OK for 8 week old chickens to go outside in their run for awhile ? Seems to me that they are getting board in their coop. I gave them some oatmeal and a hand ful of Cheerios to keep them occupied for awhile. They have not been outside in their run for several days because of the cold here in Texas. Their coop is getting smelly so I cracked open a window. Is there a magic number where it is OK to let them out. Also I was concerned with the pop door - letting all that cold air in. The inside temp of the coop is about 63 now, I have 4 heat lamps in their 12 by 12 coop - for 24 chickens. Thanks in advance, Lea Ann
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Let them out. And turn off the heat lamps. They are fully feathered, or at least plenty close enough for Texas. Mine were running around all day at ONE week. They had only a broody to keep them warm, and after one week, would go under her only at night. We had a cold snap that week, too, with lows in 20's and highs in 40's.
     
  3. sadies0111

    sadies0111 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was letting my 8 week olds out when it was around 40 degrees, but I live in WI, so they were more used to cooler weather than your birds are. You could try opening the pop door, and see if anyone is interested in going out. If they start huddling inside, you will know they are too cold with the door open. Good luck.
     
  4. DanLeaAnn7

    DanLeaAnn7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks ! I opened the pop door and all but a few went outside. So do I NOT use heat lamps in the coop ? Even at night ? thanks again, Lea Ann
     
  5. chezpoulet

    chezpoulet Out Of The Brooder

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    My 5 chicks are between 7-8 weeks old, all feathered out, and I started letting them out into the yard in 39-ish weather for an hour or two last week, and also turned off the 250 watt heat lamp in the garage during the day, where their brooder is, with outside temps around 34 degrees all of last week, with the heat lamp back on at night when the temps dropped into the 20s. The ten-day forecast for us is 43 degrees at night for the next week, so I bit the bullet and put them in their new coop today. They are doing fine. Had to put two of them back on the roost a few times though this this evening.

    I checked on them about 5 minutes ago, and they are lined up in a row, sleeping. Perhaps letting them get used to the cold first will help them adjust...I am new to chick raising myself, so can't offer any real advice.
     
  6. cabincrazyone

    cabincrazyone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good thread. It fortifies my belief that if chickens survived in Minnesota in 1811, they ought to make it in 2011. :^)
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Agree! [​IMG]
     
  8. Gray Ghost

    Gray Ghost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be fine outside. If they feel cold they can go back in the coop. You should not need a heat lamp (let alone four!) in a coop in Texas. Here in NE Wisconsin I had six week old chickens in an unheated coop when the temp got down into single digits and they were fine. As long as they are fully feathered (by five weeks or so) and the coop is free of drafts, they are fully capable of handling much colder weather than you will ever get in Texas.
     
  9. DanLeaAnn7

    DanLeaAnn7 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks everybody ! Well, just because I am a worrier I cut the heat lamps last night down to 2. Then in a day or two I will take one away then the other - nothing like going cold turkey - or cold chicken in this case [​IMG] - thanks again ! Lea Ann
     
  10. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No heat needed. 8 weeks and older.



    just my .02
     

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