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3 week old chicks outside?

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Hi, it has been warm here. I mean, its SUMMER after all. I just set up the chick pen and put 10 chicks out. They have all wing feathers, looks like shoulder feathers and starting some neck feathers plus some have tail feathers. Thats okay right? I had them in the brooder and for the past 2 nights I left the light off and they were fine. Didn't look too cold when I turn the light on they don't run to it. I think they are fine outside, what do you think? Also, is it okay or bad to put a hen in there with them? She's not broody or anything I just thought they might snuggle together? Maybe I'm wrong so let me know.

I have the following birds: Chickens: Delaware, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Bantam Non-molting Phoenix. Ducks: Runner ducks, occasionally others. Geese: Mutts to look after the ducks.

I sell some hatching eggs on ebay under member id edentiafarms: http://myworld.ebay.com/edentiafarms

I also own a small soap company. http://www.goodearthspa.com

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I have the following birds: Chickens: Delaware, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Bantam Non-molting Phoenix. Ducks: Runner ducks, occasionally others. Geese: Mutts to look after the ducks.

I sell some hatching eggs on ebay under member id edentiafarms: http://myworld.ebay.com/edentiafarms

I also own a small soap company. http://www.goodearthspa.com

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post #2 of 6

Howdy --

We're new chicken owners too. We set our 3 girls outside in their tractor only after night temps didn't fall below 70. They are 5 weeks old now; we put them out at 4. In addition, we have a wooden box, layered with pine shavings, that has an open side for them to snuggle up in, which they did without our prompting. Good luck!

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post #3 of 6

The chicks may be fine with the temp but I wouldnt put ANY adult bird in with them.Hen's can be very agressive toward's chick's they haven't brooded.

A full time 2yr old grandson,One hubby lol, and daughter at home,one poodle, one cat, 2 ferret's ,one parrot,1 Kitten,As many birds as I can hold on to and Love them all!
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A full time 2yr old grandson,One hubby lol, and daughter at home,one poodle, one cat, 2 ferret's ,one parrot,1 Kitten,As many birds as I can hold on to and Love them all!
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I just put 4 week olds out for the first time in a brooder in the coop last night. Here in NY the temp last night was 67-68. They do have most of their feathers and pine shavings on the floor of the coop. I just checked on them a few times and didn't see them climbing all over each other so I let them stay in the coop and they did just fine.
Now tonight...it's the first night outside for my ducks...I was gone at dusk (they are in a pen) but came home 15-20 minutes after dusk...and man...they were sooooo scared they LET me pick them up!! I ALWAYS have to chase the ducks...not tonight! I just walked up and picked them up,then I put them in their temporary wooden box/hut for nighttime. I felt soooooooo guilty...They are so used to coming in the house at night. hit

1 Weim,1 Pomeranian, 2 Cats,2 fish tanks, flock of 30(or so ) BLRW chickens,flock of Banties(Cochins,Showgirls,Greylegs and Silkies), Flock of Ancona Ducks (B&W,Lav & W),Flock of Mallards (Blue Fawn and Restricteds) 6 Muscovies, 3 Narragansett Turkeys,2 Geese(Toulouse), 2 Budgies,2 zebra finch, 2 Cockatiels.... and oh yeah, 5 great kids( 2 have flown the coop) and an enabling hubby   

 

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1 Weim,1 Pomeranian, 2 Cats,2 fish tanks, flock of 30(or so ) BLRW chickens,flock of Banties(Cochins,Showgirls,Greylegs and Silkies), Flock of Ancona Ducks (B&W,Lav & W),Flock of Mallards (Blue Fawn and Restricteds) 6 Muscovies, 3 Narragansett Turkeys,2 Geese(Toulouse), 2 Budgies,2 zebra finch, 2 Cockatiels.... and oh yeah, 5 great kids( 2 have flown the coop) and an enabling hubby   

 

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Thanks everyone. I do have a cat carrier outside with hay in it. Also the grass is somewhat over grown in the corner of the pen so they have some spots to snuggle up. I will probably check on them last thing at night and first thing in the morning. They seem to like it better than the brooder. There's grass and bugs out here... oh my!

I have the following birds: Chickens: Delaware, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Bantam Non-molting Phoenix. Ducks: Runner ducks, occasionally others. Geese: Mutts to look after the ducks.

I sell some hatching eggs on ebay under member id edentiafarms: http://myworld.ebay.com/edentiafarms

I also own a small soap company. http://www.goodearthspa.com

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I have the following birds: Chickens: Delaware, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Bantam Non-molting Phoenix. Ducks: Runner ducks, occasionally others. Geese: Mutts to look after the ducks.

I sell some hatching eggs on ebay under member id edentiafarms: http://myworld.ebay.com/edentiafarms

I also own a small soap company. http://www.goodearthspa.com

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post #6 of 6

I agree with dieselgrl not to put the hen in with them until they are a little bigger and have become accustomed to each other through the fence or such.  When I introduced my then 5 week olds to the then gentle and lovely 9 week olds the older ones were  just nasty...They love each other now 3 weeks later but I wondered if they would ever get along.

 

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Sharing reality with DH - our great kids - darling granddaughter -Sheltie - 2 cats - bunny - and our brown, blue and green egg laying gals (BA, SLW, BO, Brahama, RIR, Marans, Ameracauna and EE`s....whewww flock is growing and yes... I have a chicken addiction).

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Quote:
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Dr. Seuss

Sharing reality with DH - our great kids - darling granddaughter -Sheltie - 2 cats - bunny - and our brown, blue and green egg laying gals (BA, SLW, BO, Brahama, RIR, Marans, Ameracauna and EE`s....whewww flock is growing and yes... I have a chicken addiction).

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