Raising Chicks To Pullet Size Over The Winter

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by calista, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. calista

    calista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2010
    Although I don't have to worry about extreme temperature drops or accumulations of snow and ice where I live in Western Washington, I am concerned about taking a postponed delivery of my 50 mixed heritage breed chicks in late November.

    Obviously, I'm all set with a warm, draft-free brooder area and all the food and water basics, but I'd like to hear any tips and advice from those of you who successfully raised winter chicks.

    What did you do that worked, and what would you have done differently? Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Keep them warm until they are 5 or 6 weeks old.

    I only do chicks in winter or early spring as it's just too hot in the summer or early fall here.

    That said, I have 4, 4th of July babies out there that I'm expecting eggs from around Thanksgiving.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They'll do fine. Actually I think it's an advantage. If they spend a little time outdoors in the warm part of the day, as often as you can, they will feather out faster. You'll be able to tell by their behavior when they are getting cold. You can start little by little as soon as they get some feathers. Since they do better in cold than heat, they'll be ready for the coop sooner. Actually I took them out for short periods in the middle of February when they were two weeks old or so; just picked my weather.

    I don't brood them any more, I let broodies handle that, in the cooler months.
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