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can 5 week old chicks go outside?

post #1 of 22
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We have 5 -5weeks old today rir chicks.The weather at night is low 40s and 50s at night .Will they be ok to go outside now ,they are getting really messy these days... thanks

***Father of  10yr old son   ,1 cockerspaniel (10yrs) ,1 resued  cat  named -Dreamy, 2 hermit crab , and 11 RiRs, so far,And loving Wife that puts up with all of us,***

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***Father of  10yr old son   ,1 cockerspaniel (10yrs) ,1 resued  cat  named -Dreamy, 2 hermit crab , and 11 RiRs, so far,And loving Wife that puts up with all of us,***

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post #2 of 22

you should wait at least 8

My favorite things in my life are my wife , my son and roxy my blue staffie .... then chickens...4 EE, 10 LORPS, 2 GOLD DOTTES, 2 SILVER DOTTES, 2 SPLASH DOTTES, 1 RIR,  2 COCHIN,
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My favorite things in my life are my wife , my son and roxy my blue staffie .... then chickens...4 EE, 10 LORPS, 2 GOLD DOTTES, 2 SILVER DOTTES, 2 SPLASH DOTTES, 1 RIR,  2 COCHIN,
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post #3 of 22

I put mine out as soon as they hatch and leave a heat lamp on for them in the area i feed them in , they can enter this area but the big birds can't
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“You can’t really begin to appreciate life until it has knocked you down a few times. You can’t really begin to appreciate love until your heart has been broken. And you can’t really begin to appreciate happiness until you’ve known sadness. Once you’ve walked through the valley, the view from the mountaintop is breathtaking"

 

 

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post #4 of 22

My 5 week olds are outside! I have 2 week olds outside... I just put lamps on for them at night and their fine!! thumbsup

Great hubby, 2 kids, 3 furry babies, lots of chickens!!

Blue, Black & Splash Marans. Blue Slate, Narragansett, & Rio Grand Turkeys, 

Guineas & Bob White Quail! NPIP Certified #851

 

 

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Great hubby, 2 kids, 3 furry babies, lots of chickens!!

Blue, Black & Splash Marans. Blue Slate, Narragansett, & Rio Grand Turkeys, 

Guineas & Bob White Quail! NPIP Certified #851

 

 

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post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by barred babies 

...they should be fine


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as long as they have a heat source. they will snuggle too. If you can control the temp so you can set it at 70 and then drop it 5 degrees each week you should be able to wean them from the heat in a month.

Our family has a boy, a girl, a husband, 1 Rhode Island Red, 3 Buff Orphingtons, 1 white silkie and a bunch of chicks.
Doing what I can with what I have.
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Our family has a boy, a girl, a husband, 1 Rhode Island Red, 3 Buff Orphingtons, 1 white silkie and a bunch of chicks.
Doing what I can with what I have.
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post #6 of 22

I raise mine in the brooder in the coop.  I keep one area in the recommended temperature range but let the rest of the brooder cool down quite a bit more, as much as 20 to 30 degrees.  By 4 to 5 weeks old, mine are fully feathered out.  I remove the supplemental heat and take them out of the brooder to where they have more room. 

If you really, really, truly want to, you can keep them in the house until they are 8 weeks old, but you don't have to.  If you can give them a predator proof area that blocks all breezes so they are not in a draft and give them some bedding like straw or wood shavings they can cuddle down in, they should be fine at those temperatures.

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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

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post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all your advice...Those lil ones are going out with a heat source,,,,thanks BYC folks///thumbsupcelebrate

***Father of  10yr old son   ,1 cockerspaniel (10yrs) ,1 resued  cat  named -Dreamy, 2 hermit crab , and 11 RiRs, so far,And loving Wife that puts up with all of us,***

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***Father of  10yr old son   ,1 cockerspaniel (10yrs) ,1 resued  cat  named -Dreamy, 2 hermit crab , and 11 RiRs, so far,And loving Wife that puts up with all of us,***

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post #8 of 22

Mine went outside with no heat at about 6 weeks. It's been in the *teens* here at night and they are fine. tongue They are even roosting!

post #9 of 22

I like the picture of the chicks with dog. It's cute.

I'm enjoying the new baby chicks I've recently gotten. I'm new to raising chicks and loving it! I'm also a wife and a mom of 3.
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I'm enjoying the new baby chicks I've recently gotten. I'm new to raising chicks and loving it! I'm also a wife and a mom of 3.
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post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by blue_egg_lover 

I like the picture of the chicks with dog. It's cute.


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