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What do you do with winter babies?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sabz, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see there is a december Hatch-a-long thread and a few other threads with incubations starting late november. I will also do it, starts today.

    For those with snow and cold winters, how do you manage?

    I guess we keep them inside (brooder, house, etc) and wait for 3-4 weeks until they are fully feathered. Then what? We bring them outside a few times everyday so they develop a "winter coat"?

    My adults have molted (and in the process of..) but with chicks that hatch in a warm environment, won't they have "summer" feathers and be cold when we want to transfer them to the coop?
     
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  2. blackgoat

    blackgoat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm also interested to find out what people do with their chicks in the winter. I'm joining the New Years Chicks Hatch - a - Long, and my husband is very worried about the chicks being in sub-freezing temps.
     
  3. Purpletie3

    Purpletie3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome thread to start...I have been scratching my head on ideas for raising my little chickens during the winter too... Right now...I have three chicks which live in a large fish tank but they are only 1.7oz each.

    I live in Syracuse...snow belt capital of the world...Although I think Buffalo is now 100" ahead..I digress.

    So, I have two outdoor coops, not insulated, not in use. I am in the process of building a super duper secure run 8'x8' but it got snowed in before I could backfill it.

    I bought a little chicken coop from My Pet Chicken. I thought I could use it for the Banties...in the garage over the winter.

    I just found a rat...huge game changer.

    So, now my thoughts are...either new chicken hutch goes out in the garage with a run into the back room of my house...or the hutch goes into the house until April. I am in the process of putting in a pellet stove in the back room area of my home. (Old crappy farm house). I decided raising them inside was the best idea because come Spring I will have eggs. Last year we bought TSC chickens and a predator wiped them out in July as they were getting ready to start laying...heartbreaking!

    OH- and I have 28 eggs in the incubator due some time in Dec.

    Any ideas to make this easier would be great...! Right now I am just spinning circles!
     
  4. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Well, I live in Florida so no snow, but it does get in the 20s here. I keep chicks inside until about 4 weeks old. Then I let them outside in a pen during the day in sunny weather. By about 6 weeks, I move them to the "grow-out pen," which is a pen inside the main coop. I use two lamps in one corner (actually on the outside of the wire pen out of reach) so they can get warm. This has worked well for us every winter.
     
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  5. Purpletie3

    Purpletie3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any specific kind of lamp? I have heard so much about coop fires.
     
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    We use 60 watt bulbs in those reflector light fixtures that clip on. We place them on the outside of the wire grow-out pen so they are out of reach of the chicks.
     
  7. Purpletie3

    Purpletie3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds good.
     
  8. Espresso

    Espresso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I can get my ducks to hatch in December, they'll be brooding indoors until fully geathered. Then probably go intp the not heated laundry room, and THEN outside. Although I like the idea of bringing rhem outside for a little bit each day to adjust...
     
  9. Happy Dad

    Happy Dad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 5 BBR banties in our R-COM Mini. Day 21 will be on Christmas! This is our first time hatching shipped eggs and unfortunately USPS took thier sweet time taking 4 days to arrive so we are hopeful for Christmas chicks. If successful they will spend thier first few days of life in the house in a small brooker then they will go out to our heated garage into a larger brooder that I have consructed. 8-12 weeks from hatch date it should start to be spring here in Nebraska and they will be introduced to "the gang" outside.

    We have had 100% success rate twice in the past with our own duck eggs so we are spoiled when it comes to hatching but I fully understand our odds this time around. I will candle them this Friday and hope for the best!
     

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