Preparing for new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wefanjr, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. wefanjr

    wefanjr Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Mass., so the nights get pretty cold. I built a section in my large insulated coop for my chicks arriving in May. I thought if I added 1 or 2 heat lamps that they would be O.K. Monitoring the temp obviously. The woman at the feed store told me that they absolutely have to be in the house. I was wondering if anybody had any brooder solutions for keeping them out of the house. ( away from my wife!). i do have 6 hens in there also.
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I will give you my opinion here.

    It is not necessary to keep them in the house, if your brooder arrangement allows them to stay warm and is not exposed to heavy cold drafts.

    A big box in your garage with a heat lamp is just as effective.

    I have a 8 x 8 area in my coop that I use for brooding. I use it year round and never experience losses or problems because of it.
     
  3. wefanjr

    wefanjr Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks, I just got the o.k. from my wife to keep them in our sun room
     

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