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Can I put one week old chicks in outside brooder with lamp with night temps of 70-75

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I am in the Bahamas and my wife complains about my baby chicks in the den or garage. Can I put one week old chicks in my outside brooder with lamp with night temps of  70-75? I made a raised, enclosed wooden box, with some pine shavings on floor and hanging heat lamp. Roofed etc.

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Like a small rabbit hutch. I usually move them there outside once they feather but I am just wondering if it would be ok to move them after 1 week. I hatch every month almost. I already have a few older (4 weeks) chicks in the outside brooder, they huddle here and there, I figured this would help too, with keeping them warm. I checked at night and inside the box feels pleasantly warm, I have a temp gauge under the lamp its about 90-95 under the lamp at night.

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Loads of people in the U.S. have brooded chicks outdoors in the middle of winter. As long as they are protected from wind and rain, and they have a heat source, they should be fine.

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Do you think they can go outside in my heated brooder after a few days, after they are completely dry and fluffed up, eating and drinking? With night temps of low 70's.


Edited by bahamabanty - 12/22/15 at 8:45am
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As soon as they are dry, they will be ready to put in the brooder. It would be no different then them being brooded by a hen. The main concern for your brooder isn't that it's outside, it's the size and lack of ventilation. Chicks need a heat source to keep warm, but they also need to be able to get away from the heat, and that might not be possible with such a closed up box. That side vent would need to be kept shut to protect the chicks from drafts. 

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Yes I have plastic tarp in front of it that I can open during the day. Ok thanks sounds like something I can do then.

There are good ventilation holes its not an airtight box.


Edited by bahamabanty - 12/22/15 at 9:54am
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Well I moved them outside two days ago and they seem fine! I wish I had started to do this sooner. No more wife complaining about stinky chick smell in my garage, happy wife happy life.

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