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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by blacksilkie, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. blacksilkie

    blacksilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    I found one of my Silkie Hens killed today. She had 4 6 week old chicks. Now they have no mom and it's going down to 15 degrees tonight. I brought them in but wondering if they would make it outside with no hen? They are feathered out pretty good. Am I overreacting? How long until they can take the cold? The Chicks are Salmon Favorelles.
     
  2. Anne4596

    Anne4596 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would definitely keep them inside, at least until the weather warms up. They can't handle below freezing temperatures for at least a couple more weeks. If you must keep them outside, put a heat lamp in the coop.
     
  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep them inside for a bit. A cooler garage or basement would be best. In a few weeks (not sure where you live) you can start putting them out on warm days. You might want to research the Mama Heating Pad in this forum and see if that is something you can use.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I'm going to take a different tack here. You had a Silkie hen, and 6 week old large fowl chicks. I'm thinking they weren't fitting under her very well at this point. My little hens don't cover their large babies well at this age, anyway. The chicks still try to crowd under and do the huddle, but there are chick parts sticking out all over the place.

    I think they'd be fine with a huddle box and each other to keep warm. I really don't think they were getting much from momma at this point anyway.
     
  5. coastingangel

    coastingangel Out Of The Brooder

    Hi, I am in NZ and have mine pretty much free range at 6 weeks if it isn't too cold, I do make sure they all go into the house at night. Sounds cool there but if they have plenty of feathers they should be ok. The hen raised ones spend way more time out than I would've thought, they also do fine. Hope it works out for you
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2016
  6. blacksilkie

    blacksilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, that is what I was looking for. They are in now, I'll keep them in until it gets above freezing in a couple days. Then they can go back in their Tractor. I wanted to make sure they were big enough to keep each other warm. It looks like they have almost doubled in size in two days.
     
  7. blacksilkie

    blacksilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, that is what I was looking for. They are in now, I'll keep them in until it gets above freezing in a couple days. Then they can go back in their Tractor. I wanted to make sure they were big enough to keep each other warm. It looks like they have almost doubled in size in two days.
     

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