Too cold?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thewisteron, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. thewisteron

    thewisteron New Egg

    Mar 22, 2011
    I live in Utah. I will be putting the finishing touches on my new coop tomorrow and I'd like to move my chicks out there. They are 5 1/2 weeks old and it looks like they have all of their feathers. Nights right now are still down in the low 40s (although Sunday is supposed to get back down to mid-30's, but then back up to 40s after that). Too cold for them? I have a heat lamp I suppose I could move out with them.

    Any advice is appreciated.
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    When I first moved mine outside, I think it was in the lower 40s. I didn't put their heat lamp out with them, but I did put just a 60 watt red bulb out there for a little while. (It's a small coop). I don't know if it did any good.
    How long have they been without the heat lamp now? I guess I would be more concerned about a sudden drop in temperature.
    Perhaps someone else has something more definitive to add.
  3. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2011
    I would keep them inside longer. I put some outside that where 7 weeks old and lost many of them even with a nice warm barn. Sometimes it depends on the breed and there immune system. common breed like leghorns mature faster. I have found a few breeds that need a full 20 weeks. I know that sounds crasy but it is the only way they will live.
  4. thewisteron

    thewisteron New Egg

    Mar 22, 2011
    Miss Turkey - sorry to hear you lost so many. How cold was it outside?

    There is no way I can keep them inside 20 weeks, so maybe I'll put my heat lamp out there with them.

    Just this last week I took the heat lamp away and they are in my basement where it is probably 60 degrees.
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    My 30 chicks have been in their coop since a week old. For the first 3 weeks they were provided with a cage that was covered with a blanket & heat lamp.They would ball up to sleep at night. During the day they would run around . I removed the cage & heat lamp around 4 weeks old. they are now 6 weeks[​IMG] old.[​IMG][​IMG]
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    If the coop is dry and you have lots of bedding for them to get into the risk is pretty low in my opinion.
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    If you are concerned, you can string a small heat light, via an extension cord for them. After a week, you'll find they aren't sleeping under it anymore, anyhow. They'll be just fine. Acclimate them now. If they are indoors, no heat now. It's likely 70 inside? Helps ween them off any dependency. I have always move the chicks to their grow out pen at that age. Never, ever lost any.

  8. Frizzy Chicks

    Frizzy Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2011
    Northern Virginia
    Whew, glad to hear that, I got a little scared after reading the 20 weeks part. [​IMG]
  9. WVchickens

    WVchickens Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2011
    Greenbrier Co. WV
    Here was my solution for cold weather heat lamp control. I use a 250w red lamp and picked up a commercial engine block heater controller. It works like a extension cord and it’s in a water proof small box. Works great. When it’s cold the lamp comes on.
  10. Frizzy Chicks

    Frizzy Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2011
    Northern Virginia
    Where do you buy a commercial engine block heater? How much would something like that cost?

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