Originally Posted by bobrut
How old does a peep have to be before they can be outside w/o heat?
It depends on how cold it is, what sort of outdoor coop you have, and how large the chick is (age is relative, size and amount of adult feathers is more critical to cold hardiness.
I have 6 that are 9 weeks old and fully feathered that are still in the basement. They really could go out, but the extreme cold we've been having worries me. I lost a group in March of last year because I assumed they would be able to stand the cold - NOT making that mistake again. Better safe than sorry is my thought, so they will be in the basement another week. Hopefully next Saturday they can go out.
Edit to add: I've become a bit obsessed with watching the long range temp forecasts. I don't feel like I can trust them, but I want to believe . . .
Please, can spring start early this year?
Edited by dheltzel - 2/21/15 at 2:07pm