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Success! Putting the 5 week old chicks in the coop...?

Poll Results: Should I let them stay outside if they are doing fine in the weather or should I bring them back inside to the cramped brooder?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Bring them inside.
  • 100% (2)
    Leave them outside.
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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

This is my first time doing this so thank you for letting me join your community.  

 

I recently bought 7 Barred Rocks and 7 Black Copper Marans!  So far they are both doing great but at about 5 weeks they were outgrowing their brooder. During the nicer days (around 60F-70F)  I would take them out to play and explore.  While looking at the weather I saw that we were about to have a nice stretch with no rain and lots of sun.  So I planned everything and put them out in the two coops I have.  One for each breed.  (We had some problems with the BR severely pecking the BCM) Right now they have been locked in the coop for three days and I plan on having them stay in a week.  While I did anticipate bad storms and sun I didn't think about night time temperature.  Last night it got down to 34F! I was really worried.  I don't have a heat lamp!  while the tempurature has gotten down around the mid 40s it had never been this close to freezing.  This morning I went out to check on them and they were all contently cheeping and playing around!  

 

Should I let them stay outside if they are doing fine in the weather or should I bring them back inside to the cramped brooder?   

post #2 of 6

I would leave them outside, but closely monitor to assure that they do not become chilled.  :welcome

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post #3 of 6
Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join the flock! I too agree with leaving them outside amd double checking they are not cold. I get mine outside at a couple of weeks old but still with a lamp so they can pop back in if they want a warm up. I've found letting them outside earlier hardens them up much faster.

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post #4 of 6

also put out extra  feeder and waterer  in case the Bully, prevents the others from eating, etc.  If there is bloodshed,   Bully needs some days in solitaire (dog crate).

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post #5 of 6
Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

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post #6 of 6
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Thank you all for your help!  

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