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Raising baby chicks query

Hi all, Iím wondering if you could share your opinion about moving baby chicks to a shed.
Iím currently keeping my week old chicks in a box with a heating plate inside of the house. Since our house is very small, I wonder if moving them to a dry and draft free, but not heated shed would be too early. Iíve set up two xxl dog crates with chicken wire and cardboard on the sides but am afraid that its too cold for the tiny ones. I heard that most people wouldnít put them in a shed until completely feathered . Would you think the heating plate will be enough to keep them warm as required? Just worried as the temperatures are so low at the moment.

Iíd appreciate every input. Thanks.

BB
Monday, February 17th, 2020

Hi bb you they will definitely need a heat source light and heat mat or they will certainly perish, local co op or creamery should have it

Bar
Monday, February 17th, 2020

Hello thank you very much for the response. So you suggest the heating plate is not enough and get an additional, different heating source, correct? The heating plate Iím currently using is meant to be for up to 25 chicks. Havenít heard of the heat mats yet but it does look interesting.

BB
Monday, February 17th, 2020

A heat plate should be more than sufficient if the building is dry and draught free and will cope with the number of chicks it is rated for. Make sure its at the correct height and only the same age of chicks are under it.

Flock Master
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Plate should be fine. Make sure there is absolutely no holes that a rat can get through.

Adrian Kelly
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

My bad don't see that you have a heating plate !!! ,:) though you didn't have any heat source for them

Bar
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Hey all thank you very much for your replies. I did bring them out to the shed and they are absolutely loving it. Have set up the dog crate with chicken wire and cardboard. Also built them a little cave from a small fruit box put upside down filled with straw in addition to the heat plate and they are enjoying themselves so much. Thanks a lot again for your comments really appreciate it.

BB
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Just keep an eye on them for a week or so, heat plates are only sufficient in ambient temps of 10 degrees and higher.

CraggKlefor
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Bit late to this forum but I raised chicks in the bad snow 2 years ago, in an old dog house in a rabbit cage with a heat plate, with no problems

christmasdiane
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020


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