4 to 5 weeks old rir chicks and i let them

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jonbanks, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. jonbanks

    jonbanks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    run around the yard for a few hours each day. i also keep a close eye on them so no hawks or anything that we have here in georgia dont get hold of them. is that ok?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My chicks have been going outside for playtime since they were just shy of 2 weeks old, under close supervision. Yes, it's fine.
     
  3. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did the same with our RIR babies when they were little and they loved it. Where inb Ga. are you located ?? I am in Newnan.
     
  4. jonbanks

    jonbanks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im in pine mt area
     
  5. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey that is not to far at all !!! I have friends there and we love to go to Roosevelt State Park. Welcome to the BYC !!!!
     
  6. jonbanks

    jonbanks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks yeah its not far at all
     
  7. estpr13

    estpr13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I take my week olds and sometimes younger outside for as long as they can take the cool temperatures. I watch them and when they start to shiver, huddle up, or make sad sounds I take them back in to the battor. As they get older their play time outside gets longer until I can leave them in a chicken tractor for most of the day.
    A rule of thumb is to keep them at 95 degrees and then 5 degrees lower each week. so at 4 weeks they should be able to tolerate temps down to 80 degrees.
    Watch them just to make sure. If they huddle up they are a bit cold.
     

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