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Name: Lyn
North East Indiana
Jun 4, 2016 10:00 AM CST
I do have a question for you. I put my chicks and hens in the shed for the winter. When I got them out they were almost white. I have attached a picture of them this morning. My question is: Have I killed them? If not how can I make them healthy again?

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Name: Dnd
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Jun 4, 2016 10:12 AM CST
I don't know a lot about hens and chicks (are they also called "chicks and hens"?...I think it's just "hens and chicks"...), but my guess is that they are just suffering from a lack of sunlight. I would gradually introduce them to sunlight; if you stick them out in the spring/summer sun all of a sudden, they might go into shock.

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Name: Karen
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Jun 4, 2016 10:15 AM CST
I was going to say the same thing. Put them out into shade and gradually move them to more sun. They should be fine. Just don't overwater! I've killed a lot of them by overwatering.
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Name: Bev
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Jun 4, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Yes, I see sunburn on the leaves already. Gradually acclimate them to the outside by putting them into shade first and then introduce to morning sun for small increments of time (5-10 minutes). Note if there is more sunburn which should tell you if they are getting too much exposure too fast.
Name: Dana
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Jun 4, 2016 11:35 AM CST
Lyn, in addition to the comments above, hens and chicks are a semi-evergreen perennial that is hardy to your zone. So to avoid the same thing again, leave them outside all year, if your flower pot can take it. I can't tell what material it's made of. Anyway, the hens and chicks will survive your winter season without so much as a blink of an eye, and they will increase by runner for the growing season, so you can then divide off the extra increase and tuck them in any little nook or cranny (or old shoe or toolbox, etc.) where there is hot Summer sun and good drainage!

They also have *very* low water needs during the growing season!

Hope this helps!

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