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Chicks one month old - Are they ready to be moved outside?

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My chicks are officially 1 month old and seem to be fully feathered (see pic). Their coop and run are ready. Can they be moved outdoors permanently?

 

post #2 of 8

yes as long they are safe from other hens. Some hen will peck on them thats  will be ok, babies will learn to run from them !  You will have to help them find their way back to the coop at night. they will learn fast !  My one month old  chickies knows how to sit on roost the first night !

post #3 of 8
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Thanks for the quick reply. These are my first chicks, so there are no other hens to worry about. It's still cool here (in the 60's at night), so I wanted to make sure they would be ok.
 

post #4 of 8

make sure theres no predators ! hawks, foxes etc . have fun watching them  give them a worm or spagetti , watch them go crazy running around  with it !

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

The coop and run are pretty secure. Not too worried about predators at this point. More worried about the transition from indoors to outdoors and the cool weather.
 

I went with a prefab coop, secured with a solid base lined with hardware mesh. Nothing will dig under or break through to my chicks.

 


Edited by CPChix - 6/7/13 at 11:33am
post #6 of 8

Wow, I love that coop!  Yes, I agree, they should be fine to go outside now.  Mine have been out for a while at that age and always have done just fine.  

post #7 of 8

Nice work with the predator proofing on your new coop. thumbsup.gif

post #8 of 8
Well, I don't think they are ready Hawks,foxes,snakes and other predators could easily come in and kill them. When they are atleast 2-3 months old they will probuly be ready.
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