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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:35 pm 
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hi all at what age do my chicks no longer need a heat source they are about 3 and a half weeks now can i leave them in a small run outside at this age
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 Post subject: Re: heat for chicks
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:45 pm 
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it really depends on where you live but at this time of year for most locations, 3 1/2 weeks is too young to be outside with out heat as teh birds don't tend to be fully feahtered at this stage, and can't control their own body heat.

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 Post subject: Re: heat for chicks
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:50 pm 
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ok will it be ok for them during the day and put them in at night


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:54 pm 
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It will depend on the weather. If its overcast, there could be problems.

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 Post subject: Re: heat for chicks
PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:44 pm 
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With the mild days we have been having here in Sydney I have had two week old chicks outside all day - they are in a rabbit hutch. I also made a cold brooder out of those square tiday bins and put that in the hutch. I cut an opening in the middle of one of the sides and taped cardboard over the top and sides. I cut a section of cardboard and taped that at the top of the opening so it is a bit like a cat flap, but it can only flap one way (outwards). During the day I have the flap propped open and at sunset when they have all gone into the brooder to sleep I close the flap (holding it closed with a quarter of a brick) and then cover the whole cage with a tarp and then a few layers of shade cloth. No problems at all and the nights have been rather cold - lows of around 8 degrees. In the mornings when I let them out of the cold brooder it really is cosy and warm inside the cold brooder - they often go in and out a bit until the day really starts to warm up. This is my first year using a cold brooder and I thoroughly recommend them. If the weather had been bad though they would be inside in a conventional brooder with heat.


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