White Rock X - What to do with them?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mlorne, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. mlorne

    mlorne Out Of The Brooder

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    Good day all!

    I have 30 White Rock X chicks, now coming up to two weeks old. They are currently lodged in a 15'x10' coop inside the barn with their feeders and waterers and a heat lamp. I can construct a quick range shelter for them and move them into an electric fenced pasture where my laying hens are, but I am wondering about temperatures. Everything I've heard about White Rock X is how sensitive they are to temperature. I'm hesitant about hooking up a heating lamp in a range shelter. Should I wait a few weeks until they are bigger? Not sure when they are fully feathered.

    Thanks for the help,
    Michael
     
  2. chickenfeverforever

    chickenfeverforever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine out at 2 weeks old. I think it just depends on where you live and the temps. Mine are now 3 weeks old and no where near feathered out but its 89 degrees today and thats not factoring in the humidity. Mine lay in the sun when they are cooler and in the shade when they are hot and they all huddle together at night. I have had no problems heat wise with mine.
     
  3. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too much heat is worse than not enough, I weaned my cornish rocks off the heat lamp by week 2, and had them outside in the tractor by then. Temps at night here got down too 52F last night. they huddled together but they were fine, and their feathers are coming in real quick.
     

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