Transition from Heat Lamp to MHP

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rick&Chris, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Rick&Chris

    Rick&Chris Songster

    Hi all - we have 2 week old chicks that have been under a heat lamp since day 1. I have made a MHP and moved them to our 6’x6’ enclosed coop. Will they move to the MHP without assistance? I put one under and she ran right out! It is on the left side of this photo - you may have to click to enlarge.

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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    They should. I did the same thing and mine took right to it. Just check on them when the temp drops to make sure they are going under it.
  3. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    What an adorable bunch of fuzz babies! ❤️. Good luck!!!!
  4. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

    May 16, 2015
    If you’re concerned about them finding things block off half the coop so food , water and bed are very close together .

    They are so cute , but not always the brightest creatures.... you need to make it easy for them
  5. Rick&Chris

    Rick&Chris Songster

    That is a good idea. I’ll keep an eye on them today and see how it goes. The air temp in the coop right now is 71 degrees (my indoor/outdoor wireless thermometer is getting great use!) - we are in SE PA and high temps this week will be in the 80’s, but Friday it will be much cooler - 60’s in the day and maybe 40’s at night.
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  6. Rick&Chris

    Rick&Chris Songster

    Is that too cold for them? Should I add another heat source?
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  7. KikiLeigh02

    KikiLeigh02 Free Ranging

    May 11, 2018
    Western Kentucky
    They should be fine! If it's warm enough they may just sleep out in the coop now. I've got some two week olds, and they either sleep next to the heat plate or partially under it now. I've got a couple that are actually roosting already. Mine usually quit using the heat around 2.5-3 weeks. It's supposed to get in the 40's overnight here later this week, if you have any temperature swings like that you might just listen for them. Chicks are pretty loud if they're cold or unhappy, they'll let you know!
  8. Rick&Chris

    Rick&Chris Songster

    I need to get a camera out there asap! Ca-Ching!
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  9. KikiLeigh02

    KikiLeigh02 Free Ranging

    May 11, 2018
    Western Kentucky
    They do make pretty good TV, lol.
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  10. Rick&Chris

    Rick&Chris Songster

    I agree they will! A comedy for sure!! I wonder how much work I’ll get done! LOL

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