I am new to raising chickens! I have two 2 1/2 week old pekin ducklings three 3 1/2 week old chicks (Americanas, Red Stars, and Silver Laced Wyandottes..I think!) and two 4 1/2 week old Red Stars totaling 14 babies. I have been brooding them all outside in a brooding box in the coop with two heat lamps making sure the temp is nice and warm. I have weened them down to a temp of 65-70 degrees (some nights though the temp in the brooder did go down to the upper 50s with no issue from the girls). I was wondering when is a good time to let them out of the brooding box and into the coop?
We have had some really nice days here in MA so I let them outside for the day when the temp was in the low 80s. The had such a good time with plenty of room to spread out and run around...(sure was fun chasing all 14 to get them back inside though!) Seems mean to have let them enjoy some freedom and then to stick them back into small box (It's about 3x4 and 3 1/2 feet tall) Besides the ducklings are huge now! Everyone gets along great, but I am looking forward to letting them into the coop. Next week maybe?
Thank you for all your help.