#1 03-23-2009 09:01:20

craigf
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How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

I have four chicks, two Barred Rocks, a Rhode Island Red, and a Buff Orp. They are four weeks old and getting very big. They don't like being in their brooder anymore and I am wondering if they are old enough to stay outside in the coop I built for them. I can put a heatlamp in the coop if I need to.
Any help would be great.

Craig

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#2 03-23-2009 10:12:21

tiki244
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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

Yes I think you can put them out as long as there are no other adult birds in your coop. Hang a heatlamp and also make a partition(walls) so they arent just stuck in the whole coop. This will keep them warm enough. Make sure the heatlamp is low enough so they can stay warm and yet still be able to get away from it if it gets too hot. smile

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#3 03-23-2009 01:29:54

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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

Anytime between 4 and 6 weeks (as long as they are feathered out) they are able to go outside.
Like tiki said, put them a heat lamp so they can acclimate to the temp difference.   They'll be much happier out in the dirt where they can scratch.  smile

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#4 03-23-2009 04:32:09

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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

I would say when they start feathering out from when you first hatch them you pu them in a brooder of 95 degrees. each week you may lower the temp 5 degrees do it depends on the weather.


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#5 03-24-2009 10:30:45

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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

I'm glad you posted this, i've been wondering this myself. I have 4 little chicks, 3 weeks old now and they are jumping and want out of thier brooder too.  What about bits of time outside, when it's warm?


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#6 03-24-2009 10:39:01

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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

As long as its warm enough they can have some time outside.

The general rule is 95* when they hatch, decrease the temp by 5* every week.  Once the temp gets back to 70* (6 weeks) they should be fully feathered, or close to it, and can go outside permanently.

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#7 03-24-2009 12:05:17

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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

You can put a Day Old chick outside, as long as you have a heat source... I keep my chicks inside for 1-2 weeks and then they go out to the barn.


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#8 03-24-2009 01:07:50

tamvan
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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

SterlingAcres wrote:

You can put a Day Old chick outside, as long as you have a heat source... I keep my chicks inside for 1-2 weeks and then they go out to the barn.

Even when it's still cold weather?


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#9 03-24-2009 01:10:11

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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

tamvan wrote:

SterlingAcres wrote:

You can put a Day Old chick outside, as long as you have a heat source... I keep my chicks inside for 1-2 weeks and then they go out to the barn.

Even when it's still cold weather?

Like I said, so long as you have a heat source, then yes. You need to keep the chicks draft free and warm. If you have a space outside that meets those requirements, then they're fine. Mine do very well in our barn with a 100watt heat lamp, even in negative temps.


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#10 03-24-2009 08:49:45

craigf
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Re: How do I know when my chicks are old enough to stay outside?

I've had mine outside a few times already. They love being outside! I'm going to put them out next week. They will have a heat source and be inside their coop at night.

Craig

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