Originally Posted by junebuggena
MHP warms the chicks by direct contact with the pad. Unless you attached the pad to the underside of the tube somehow, it won't work. And 60* with sunshine is plenty warm for chicks to go out and play for a bit. Just watch them. If they start to act like they are getting chilled (huddling), then bring them in for a warm up. Trips outside should start out as short excursions, no more than a half-hour at a time. Then gradually leave them out longer and longer.
And don't forget that they may huddle at first for security! If you put something new in a coop with adult chickens, they'll run away in a mob like their pants are on fire! Then they'll stick really close together and eyeball the 'intruder" until they're sure it's not going to lunge at them and eat them alive. Normal behavior - chickens don't like change and neither do chicks! So a little huddling will be perfectly natural at first until they satisfy themselves that they are safe! As @junebuggena said, if they huddle and look miserable they may be getting chilly, but do give them a little time to acclimate to the big world they weren't expecting!
Originally Posted by hpierce88
As best I can tell, 10 of them that I picked up on Saturday are about 10 days old, and the other two, that I just picked up Monday are maybe a few days younger. I'm totally guessing though. Now, I'm thinking maybe I'm rushing things a bit. They're not very old at all. These are pics I took yesterday. The two younger ones are silver-laced wyandottes - they're smaller than the other girls. The other 10 are: speckled Sussex (6), Barred rock (1); Red Cross (1), Buff Orps (2).
If you are rushing things, I'm in a world of hurt! Mine have been living outside in the run since Sunday, and they are far younger than yours are. Relax....you're raising chickens, not Divas, and eventually they will have to learn that they will be living out there. The longer they never get to experience anything outside of a brooder box, the harder that adjustment will be for them - and for you because boy, will they be mad at you at first!