5 day old chicks outside for a while?

Direchicken

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 6, 2011
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Passage West
I would say yes, just keep an eye on them. They're very vulnerable to predators at such a young age. And if they show signs of distress (either too hot or too cold) then take them back in.
 

Tiss

Songster
9 Years
May 8, 2010
676
6
131
Georgia
Sure! Just be sure to babysit. They are so cute when they get to explore for the first time.
 

yankeefan

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 18, 2011
64
1
89
Upstate NY
I put my 1 week old chicks outside for the first time this past Wednesday, and again on Friday. I have 7 chicks and I put them in a large wire dog cage which I wrapped with chicken wire. Half in the sun, half in the shade. They had a blast exploring in the grass and taking they're first dust baths.

I brought them in when it started to cool down a bit (around 5pm)
 

2goose

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 23, 2011
22
1
22
By all means--put them out in some enclosure with an open bottom. Be ready to spend some time out there. they are fascinating as they explore
 

mystang89

Songster
8 Years
Jul 12, 2011
204
3
102
Louisville
I put my chicks outside when they were 2 days old. They are now 4 days old and everyday I let them out to roam the yard. Like everyone else says though, stay out there and keep an eye on them. They normally don't stray too far from you. Whenever I walk around they follow me like you see ducklings following their mother. Its 101F here so I'm not worried about it being to cold and at night its around 80 and they have done fine in their cage. Next week its supposed to be 70's for the high so I will probably take them out alittle for the day and then put the light over them to keep them warm. Just depends on how it feels though.
 

Southwellski

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 28, 2011
60
0
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Feltwell, UK
Thanks all, they went outside and seemed to enjoy pecking and running around their enclosure. I was just worried in case they ate something mama-hen wouldn't have usually let them eat.
 

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