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Hello everyone! I already have some of chicks outside sleeping in their coop but now I have five 4-1/2 week old rir hens. They're actually in the coop now. I was wondering if you guys think they could go outside tonight? The temps for me tonight will go down to 42-44*
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My chicks (2 RIRs, 2 black Australorps and 2 Wyandottes) are six weeks old and just moved out to the coop with the Big Girls. It got down to 40 degrees last night and they were fine. I have a well built coop and they've got a thick layer of pine shavings to snuggle into.
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Originally Posted by Wyatt0224 View Post

Hello everyone! I already have some of chicks outside sleeping in their coop but now I have five 4-1/2 week old rir hens. They're actually in the coop now. I was wondering if you guys think they could go outside tonight? The temps for me tonight will go down to 42-44*

Hi.

 

I think it depends on whether your chicks are hardened off a little or not. If they've been under the light and you throw them out there it my be uncomfortable.

 

How old are your other ones? Are they already getting along with each other? 40's isn't an issue if they've had time to adjust and have all their feathers. But I wouldn't leave my chicks, same age, at that low. They still have a few feathers coming in. It won't be long though, they spend their days out in the low 60's. They sleep inside right now, I cut the heat a few days ago. Overnight low inside was 60. My next brood will start outside with the "mamma heating pad" and no night time light.

 

Good luck

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Hi.

I think it depends on whether your chicks are hardened off a little or not. If they've been under the light and you throw them out there it my be uncomfortable.

How old are your other ones? Are they already getting along with each other? 40's isn't an issue if they've had time to adjust and have all their feathers. But I wouldn't leave my chicks, same age, at that low. They still have a few feathers coming in. It won't be long though, they spend their days out in the low 60's. They sleep inside right now, I cut the heat a few days ago. Overnight low inside was 60. My next brood will start outside with the "mamma heating pad" and no night time light.

Good luck
Well it's funny you ask if they're getting along together because they are picked on quite a bit but I've had them outside for most of the day the past couple of days so they're starting to adjust. For the most part they are feathered in, just on their heads and necks is where most of their fluff is left.
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Hi.

I think it depends on whether your chicks are hardened off a little or not. If they've been under the light and you throw them out there it my be uncomfortable.

How old are your other ones? Are they already getting along with each other? 40's isn't an issue if they've had time to adjust and have all their feathers. But I wouldn't leave my chicks, same age, at that low. They still have a few feathers coming in. It won't be long though, they spend their days out in the low 60's. They sleep inside right now, I cut the heat a few days ago. Overnight low inside was 60. My next brood will start outside with the "mamma heating pad" and no night time light.

Good luck
My others are 10 weeks and 9 weeks old. And that's true about their feathers.
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