On March 30th we had 32 chicks arrive in the mail. When they are very young they need to be kept pretty warm, like close to 100 degrees then gradually drop the temperature. In the past we have kept the chicks in a box in the house with heat lamps for several weeks. The problems with in the house comes in two forms, odor and dust, they are both horrible. Since these chicks were bought at the end of March I hoped to have them in the coup right away but things changed with the boy being born early. Since we had to go to the hospital they stayed in the house for several days. Unfortunately the temperature outside dropped to several nights of freezing but I didn’t want the smell to bother my mother or the dust to bother my brand new son’s lungs so I risked putting them out in the coup. Thankfully they made it so far.
The wire had to be put on top to keep snakes out, otherwise the coup is pretty predator resistant. I don’t trust heat lamps because they seem to burn out quickly so I always put two on if I need one. The two have kept the chicks alive so far. The good news is that I won’t worry so much about the outside temperature as long as it’s not to cold in the future making the chick rearing process much easier.