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When can chicks be moved outside?

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I have 2 auracana and 4 barred rock that are now 4 weeks old. I would like to move them out to the outside coop.  I use an Eco Glow heater in the box inside. I live in New Hampshire. They would be put outside into a tractor style coop and yard fenced in. I could put the eco glow into the outside coop for a while for cooler nights. What do you folks think? Are they still too young to go outside? Pictured is the Eco Glow. Not a current picture. This is when they were like 2 days old.

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Many folks, myself included brood chicks outside.  Many of us use a heating pad cave, which is not much different than the Eco Glow.  So, I'd say, go for it.  Have you been giving them outdoor time during the day?  Is the tractor made of hardware cloth?  If so, and it has a skirt, they would be fairly safe from predation.  If it's chicken wire, not so much.  You might want to graduate them from the Eco Glow to a huddle box.  (a cardboard box big enough for them to cuddle in, but not much bigger, door cut in the side, lined with a nice layer of hay.

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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I also brood outside from Day 1, using heat lamps. There are lots of different ways of providing heat. I think the key to outside brooding is to provide one area warm enough and give them other areas they can go to so they can cool off if they wish. As long as you can safely provide electricity to the tractor, keep the eco glow dry in wet weather, and the chicks have a way to get out of wind, you should be fine. I’m not sure how cool your nights actually are but in another week you should not need any supplemental heat.

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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