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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jojorose8, May 17, 2017.

  1. jojorose8

    jojorose8 Chirping

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    I know there are a million threads on this, but none of them seem to answer my specific scenario. Can fully feathered 6 week old chicks be moved to the coop with overnight lows of 50 degrees without heat?
     

  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Must hatch more Premium Member Project Manager

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    Yes.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Absolutely. My chicks are 5 weeks old and have been off heat for over a week. Last week was miserably cold and rainy, with temps in 50's during the day, and at least one night in high 30's.
     
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  4. jojorose8

    jojorose8 Chirping

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    Perfect. Are they unhappy about the cold? I have a Premier 1 hot plate and they don't seem to use it anymore, but the heat in my house is still set for 66 since it's been a cold spring. How do I slowly adjust them to the change from 66 degrees to 50 degrees?
     
  5. Eggstatic1727

    Eggstatic1727 Chirping

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    Mine have been out since they were 5 weeks old, they are fully feathered and the lows have been in the 50s where I live. They LOVE it! At 4 weeks I was turning off the heat lamp during the day so they could start getting acclimated.
    Hope this answers your question!
     
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  6. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist Premium Member

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    Yes. my daytime temps don't even get above 50 most days yet. I do still give them heat at night if below freezing though.
     
  7. ChickenMammX4

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    IMO, yes. Ours were moved out at 3+weeks with nights in the upper 30s. They did fine.
     
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  8. HoodedHuntress

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    One hundred percent yes. Their main concerns are food, water, and company. The cold will not bother them, as they already have a good amount of feathers at 6 weeks.
     
  9. WesleyBeal

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    Set up the Premier in a space for them out in the coop, and they should be fine. Only thing to worry about would be if they got wet.

    My current chicks are 4 weeks old now. I started them outside in the coop from day-one; we've had temps drop below freezing during this time.

    What's important is that they have a chance to acclimate themselves to the cooler temperatures. That's why I suggest setting up the hot plate for them out there - otherwise I wouldn't bother. So check and see if they're using it the first day or so, and if not, remove it.

    Last year I lost one at 4 weeks after it stood out in the rain rather than take shelter (live and learn - I figured they had shelter, they'd use it). Getting wet changes everything. Feathered out or not they have to be big enough to generate body heat to overcome that.
     
  10. jojorose8

    jojorose8 Chirping

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    Thanks so much everyone! As much as I love these babies, I want them out of my house. Haha. The dust is unbelievable. I can predict midnight coop visits to make sure they are okay though.
     
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