2 week olds outside in 70's?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rmansker, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. rmansker

    rmansker Out Of The Brooder

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    Will it be okay to let my 2 week old chicks out in the yard for a while in low 70 degree temps?
     
  2. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It might depending on how long they're out for.

    But you're really supposed to decrease the temperature each week by 5 degrees starting from 95.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    70 is still cool for new chicks. 2 week olds have fluff not real feathers to insulate and help keep their body temps regulated. I would go out with them and keep them out for only a short time then right back in the brooder. A momma hen would take them out and then call them back in and hide them under her wings for warmth.
     
  4. meant2bemommie

    meant2bemommie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is the 80s here and I can't wait until they can play outside for alittle bit.
     
  5. rmansker

    rmansker Out Of The Brooder

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    I think we will just take them out for a few minutes to let them play and scratch around a bit. I wouldn't want to leave them out for very long so I think it sounds like they should be okay for about 10-15 minutes.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Taking them out for short periods is really good for them. They get a little exposure to the ground and the common germs in the dirt. Helps them to build a good immune system. [​IMG]
     

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