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what age do you put your chicks outside

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I am considering putting my little over a month old chicks (2turkens 1 Brauma 1 rode island red) outside in the coop with my easter egger. They have lots of feathers. I live in riverside ca. The temps get as cold at night in the 40
Should I give them more time

post #2 of 52

Once they have their feathers they should be good down to 40.  I keep mine
in the barn brooder with an available 80 watt heat lamp until they are 6 weeks.
It's a lot colder here at night.  We only keep them in the house until 2 weeks.

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post #3 of 52

I lost a 6-week old chick that I was only letting go outside during the day. I didn't know the signs of chilling until after the fact. I think it was because it was windy.

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I still have my 'chicks' taking up space in my laundry room (they are ... lessee... 14wks now) LOL!  But.. in my defense it is still very cold here.  High temps in day sometimes not above freezing.  Lows occasionally in single digits or even below zero...

  And I just like to see their cute little faces love .  Besides, they are like my own personal leftover disposal.  tongue  (Jk.. I don't give them that many treats.. but they sure appreciate it when I do!)

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I still have my 'chicks' taking up space in my laundry room (they are ... lessee... 14wks now) LOL!  But.. in my defense it is still very cold here.  High temps in day sometimes not above freezing.  Lows occasionally in single digits or even below zero...

  And I just like to see their cute little faces love .  Besides, they are like my own personal leftover disposal.  tongue  (Jk.. I don't give them that many treats.. but they sure appreciate it when I do!)

Meghan


You're just using the temp as a reason the keep your babies in the house.
Eventually your gonna have to let them leave the nest.

You big softy. 

Ya, if I had room I'd do the same. roll

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post #6 of 52

Ya got me there, PC. (where's the blushing smiley when you need it?)  I did let them run around the house for awhile, but with no chicken diapers, cleaning up the poop was starting to feel like a full-time job!


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post #7 of 52

Month old chicks are not feathered out enough to put in a coop unless you are providing a heat lamp...chicks chill easy til they are fully feathered and that does not occur until they are atleast 2 months old and then they still need a lamp if outside and night temps are cool.....40 is cold for chicks...


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post #8 of 52

I keep my chicks in a playpen (my brooder) in my kitchen with a heat lamp anywhere from 4 - 8 weeks. (4 weeks and the meat chicks stink, 8 weeks for fluffy butts).  Once they have good feathering at 8 weeks or so they go out to the barn in another brooder type area with a heat lamp. If it is spring they get heat until the night temps stay around 70. If it is summer the heat goes off sooner.  The fall and winter is similar with the heat lamp and making sure they have a full coat of good feathers before they are required to go it alone in the dark.

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post #9 of 52

We keep our in the house as long as possible. big_smile Usually until the temps stay over 50 at night and the birds are fully feathered and acting like chickens, not peeps.
We have room, and my husband built a special little "Peep Keeper" that looks nice in my den so we can watch them play.
So it's not a big deal as long as you clean the cage every day.
HAVE FUN! New babies are soooo cool! I love that little buzzing sound they make when you pick them up or they get spooked. So funny.
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post #10 of 52

I have had chicks in the house everyday for the LAST 5 years...
Right now I have a bin with 7 that are about 7 weeks old they will move out in a week when the cochins in the incubator hatch. And I have a bin with 6 chicks that are about 3 weeks old.

:-) My Hubby Loves Me very very Much we have been married 28+ years..

NO I do not keep all the chicks I hatch..  I only pick the very best to keep of these 13 chicks I will be keeping 7
and as they get older I may decied to sell even more.

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