3 Week old Chick Update! Please Read!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 4 Georgia Hens, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. 4 Georgia Hens

    4 Georgia Hens Crowing

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    Hello!
    So, my chicks won’t technically 3 weeks old until Friday, but I’m close enough! :oops: They are getting bigger by the minute it seems! I have a cardboard box in their brooder full of dirt. The dust bathe and scratch around in it. I have one question:
    I have been WAITING to take them on a “field trip” outdoors. It is 65 degrees Fahrenheit here. When can I take the outside for the first time??? Are they too young now? If y’all have any tips or questions, please ask!!
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    65F is plenty warm enough for chicks the age of yours. Just be sure they aren't in any chilling air currents and if there is direct sun, that they also have a spot of shade to shed excess heat they have absorbed.

    Watch for signs they are beginning to chill and then bring them back inside. But you should be surprised at how long they will be able to stay out and still be very comfortable.

    And of course, predator protection!
     
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  3. 4 Georgia Hens

    4 Georgia Hens Crowing

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    Oh my yaaaaaay!!!!! I have literally been WAITING for someone to say that!!!! :celebrate:ya:ya:wee:yesss::celebrate
     
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  4. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    Yep watch them closely and they should be fine outside for a short while. I like to take chicks out when they are a week old for just a couple of minutes to let them see the sun and peck at the soil. It's good for their immune systems, I've heard.
     
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  5. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    One issue relates to how many chicks you have and how you plan on taking them outside...if you set them down on the ground and you have more than a couple of chicks you could end up chasing them around for ages to try to herd them back, lol. They can be surprisingly fast!
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    X2! They'll love it.
     
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  7. 4 Georgia Hens

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    I have a sturdy run I plan to keep them in for the time outside! It has some shade. And yes, they’re speeding bullets!
     
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  8. 4 Georgia Hens

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    I have a styrofoam cooler that I transport them in!
     
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  9. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Enjoy! It'll be as much fun for you as the chicks.
     
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