2 week olds outside in 70's?

rmansker

In the Brooder
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Feb 19, 2008
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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?
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
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May 7, 2007
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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.
 

rmansker

In the Brooder
11 Years
Feb 19, 2008
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Atlanta GA
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.
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
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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.
 

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