So my first hatchling darling has made it through the first 11 days of its life. I be very happy. Already baby has little wing feathers and I can tell from those wing feathers, baby is definitely a Frizzle! Already the wing tips are curling, and oh my is baby turning out pretty! I have two others I purchased as companions for this chick... but this ones special ANYWAY, my question is this.... I go away on March 5th for I am not sure how long, and the chicks will be over 4 weeks old... close to 5 weeks. I'm in Australia, and so, our autumn weather will just be starting (maybe, summer might continue on for awhile, who knows, our weather has been rather twisted of late). But I wanted to know, will the babes be old enough to be outside? Or will they still need to be in the brooder at almost 5 weeks? I've only ever done this, chicks in a brooder thing once, and I had no idea, so I had the babies under the brooder for like, 2.5 months, the poor things when they finally grew up had stunted growth... they were already bantams, but these guys were so small I had people ask me if I was raising miniature bantams! So, yeah, just want to know what the information is on this. Chicks, when its sunny, get taken outside everyday (under close supervision as I have an older hen in the yard with her 2 month old child) to play in the sun on the ground in the dirt, they peck everything and dig and explore... and they have plenty of food and water, and they get a lot of sunlight, as their brooder is by a window so they get plenty of sun. When its warm, the window is open, when its cool (it has been a couple of days now), the window is closed to prevent chills... But yeah... will almost 5 week old chicks be okay to live outside? Coz if they can, I'd rather let them, than have someone else trying to look after them while I'm away!