Too young or too cold????

jasonbennett1

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jan 14, 2009
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I have 12 chickens total: 6 bantams (7 weeks old), 4 EE (5 weeks old), 2 barred rocks (4 weeks old). They have out grown their brooder and I moved them outside into the coop this morning. We live in North central Florida and our nights are in the 50's right now. Is that too cold for chickens this young?
 

Karlachix

Songster
11 Years
Apr 21, 2008
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NorthEast
Are they feathered out yet? If so and there is no draft, then they should be okay.

If they haven't feathered out then I would be concerned.
 

jasonbennett1

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jan 14, 2009
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North Central Florida
They are feathered out, but the floor of the coop is hardware cloth and 3ft off the ground, so it might be a bit drafty. It was planned with our hot spring/summer/fall seasons in mind, not winter.
I'd put a heat lamp in, but I made the shut so tight that I would have to leave it partially open to run a power cord through it.
 

selinagil

Songster
11 Years
Mar 25, 2008
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Clarksville, North Florida
Well not too far, couple hours--almost all the BYC'ers from Florida are downstate. I think your chicks will be ok outside--I would just hang a brooder light in the ceiling--that's what I did last year with mine. I just used a regular bulb too not a heat lamp bulb. Good Luck!
 

hillerfamily

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jan 20, 2009
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seffner fl
We have the same problem. I just went and bought a bale of hay and covered the floor with it, and they nestle down in that...Mine seem happy, thought they puff all their feathers out till about 9 am....
 

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