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Can my 4 week-old chicks go outside today?

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It is 87 degrees with light and variable wind 5-10 mph.
Can my chicks go outside for a while, and can they peck in the dirt?
Thanks in advance  smile

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Mine are nearly 4 weeks old and they are out there as we, er, type!  They are having a grand old time!  I've got them in a big dog cage, so they are protected somewhat but they have access to everything.  smile  Going to go back out and check on them now.

Natalie - Wife to Pete, mom of 2 human kids, 2 doggie kids, 2 parrot kids, and a bunch of chickie kids - 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 Dominique, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Light Brahma, 1 Red Cochin, 1 Welsummer, 1 Black Langshans, and 2 Salmon Faverolles (1 hen and 1 roo!)  Got some mixed babies sitting under the BO right now!

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Natalie - Wife to Pete, mom of 2 human kids, 2 doggie kids, 2 parrot kids, and a bunch of chickie kids - 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 Dominique, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Light Brahma, 1 Red Cochin, 1 Welsummer, 1 Black Langshans, and 2 Salmon Faverolles (1 hen and 1 roo!)  Got some mixed babies sitting under the BO right now!

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Of course they can! smile

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They'll probably love it. Remember that hens will have their chicks out on the dirt pecking around from the first couple of days after they're hatched. Ours were closer to 5 weeks when they went out on the dirt (but they never were inside-they were in the coop from day one) but that was only because our run wasn't ready yet.

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post #5 of 8

Just be sure to give them some shade and some cold water.  Heat is harder on chicks than cold.  They will love pecking in the dirt and probably won't want to come back inside.

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I think the Good Lord gave chickens wings because He knew what their choice would always be between "fight or flight."
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You were all right. They loved the outdoors. big_smile

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1 Papillon, 2 mill rescue Shih-Tzus, 1 Bantam Leghorn, 1 Australorp & 2 BR.
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I took mine out to the garden for the first time at 2 weeks of age! The loved eating ants and worms...

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Originally Posted by Carrie Lynn 

You were all right. They loved the outdoors. big_smile


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Natalie - Wife to Pete, mom of 2 human kids, 2 doggie kids, 2 parrot kids, and a bunch of chickie kids - 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 Dominique, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Light Brahma, 1 Red Cochin, 1 Welsummer, 1 Black Langshans, and 2 Salmon Faverolles (1 hen and 1 roo!)  Got some mixed babies sitting under the BO right now!

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Natalie - Wife to Pete, mom of 2 human kids, 2 doggie kids, 2 parrot kids, and a bunch of chickie kids - 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 Dominique, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Light Brahma, 1 Red Cochin, 1 Welsummer, 1 Black Langshans, and 2 Salmon Faverolles (1 hen and 1 roo!)  Got some mixed babies sitting under the BO right now!

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