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I have 5 chicks that are about two and a half months old. I want to put them outside permanently. I have been putting them outside during the day in the Sun because it's been between 40-50 degrees during the day. However, I have not put them outside at night time yet. The temperature is going to be in the 30s tonight is it okay if I leave them out there? They're in a cage, they are covered, they have hay, wood chips, they have a box to go into with wood chips, there is a tarp over their cage and they are locked in there. I am concerned about the temperature what do you all think?
post #2 of 18
What kind of chicks are they? I had to look up what 30 farenheit was in celcius and it's -1...

I'm thinking minus temperature are a bit cold but they will huddle up and try to be in the warmest place so you might be alright.
My chicks usually have a hen to sit on them to it's fine for them...plus where I live it doesn't get that cold.
The only thing I'd to is try a warmer night if possible before trying them on minus temperatures.
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I'm Sunny, (aka Temmie no. 149) and I own two Silkie bantam hens and a Silkie bantam rooster, Mr. Feathers (the hen, despite his name!) Missy Chicken and Prince Pom Pom (formerly Princess, since I bought 'her' as a 'pullet'!).
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hOI!
I'm Sunny, (aka Temmie no. 149) and I own two Silkie bantam hens and a Silkie bantam rooster, Mr. Feathers (the hen, despite his name!) Missy Chicken and Prince Pom Pom (formerly Princess, since I bought 'her' as a 'pullet'!).
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post #3 of 18
I’ve had chicks at less than 6 weeks old spend the night I my unheated grow-out coop in temperatures in the mid 20’s Fahrenheit. Yours are almost twice that old. That temperature will not bother them.

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This too shall pass.  It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

"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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post #4 of 18
They will be just fine! I wouldnt worry at all at that age.
post #5 of 18

I agree, if they can get out of the wind, they are going to be fine. You lasted with them a lot longer than me. I have a dozen chicks that are 2 weeks old, and mine have been outside since last Friday. They have a wooly hen, but yours would be way too big for that. Mine are thriving.

 

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post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post

I’ve had chicks at less than 6 weeks old spend the night I my unheated grow-out coop in temperatures in the mid 20’s Fahrenheit. Yours are almost twice that old. That temperature will not bother them.
Agree... i have too. I had silkies out at 6 weeks with these temps. They did good:)
post #7 of 18
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Its not too cold. 39 degrees Fareheight. I think they should be fine.
post #8 of 18
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They are Australorps
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They will definitely be fine if they are fully feathered, and by that age they should be. 

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Thanks
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