Too late to start raising chickens in Alabama?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wxdude99, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello

    I really want to start raising my own chickens for eggs. I live in Alabama. Is it too late in the year to start? I wouldn't have a problem with a brooder in my garage. But after the chickens are say... 8 weeks old, can they handle around 35-45 degree weather outside in a coop?

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  2. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    totally fine. it's never too late imo!
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Never the wrong time-I hatched all last winter.
     
  4. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC. Where are you at in AL?
     
  5. CrowinKing

    CrowinKing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just stuck a dozen and a half Maran eggs in the incubator and I live in PA your fine!!! just keep them warm outside
     
  6. Heather J

    Heather J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sticking eggs in the bator this weekend too, and I have more coming in ten days or so, and I'm in Utah, so don't sweat it. I'm not sure if 8 weeks is old enough to go with no heat at 35 degrees, but I'd like to know since I'll have little ones well into the winter. I'll probably throw in some barred rocks once my girls start laying, hopefully Halloweenish (shhh, don't tell my dh.) I'll probably be building more coops in the snow at this rate. lol
     
  7. CrowinKing

    CrowinKing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya the wife doesn't even know I stuck more eggs in the incubator [​IMG]
     
  8. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. I'm going for it then. Thanks a lot! BTW, I live near Montgomery.
     
  9. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    I prefer to hatch fall and winter. The chicks seem to do better. After they reach 8 weeks if I think it is to cold I always bed up straw for them and hang a light and make sure they can have place out of the wind. I have been doing this for several years with a good outcome.
     
  10. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope you find a lot of answers and fun here!
     

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