9-week old pullets & Rain

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NorCal_Fluffers, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. NorCal_Fluffers

    NorCal_Fluffers Chirping

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    I put my 9 week old pullets outside 2 nights ago and today calls for rain. Do I leave them closed up in their coop or do I let them out? 2F48C831-1A7E-40E2-A21D-DFC985202F6B.jpeg
     
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  2. chicksandchores

    chicksandchores Chirping

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    My barely seven week old chicks were out in the rain the past couple times it poured here (they were only about five weeks old the first time; I had them brooded out at four weeks for the youngest ones and six for the older ones). I gave them the heat lamp when it was wet enough that their little feathers were pasted to them (I assumed they’d seek cover; I was wrong) and they bounced back just fine. It comes down to what your temps are like more than anything.
     
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  3. crazy4ChickensNducks

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    You should open the pop door so they have a choice to go outside or not.
     
  4. NorCal_Fluffers

    NorCal_Fluffers Chirping

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    It’s going to be in the upper 50’s low 60’s
     
  5. chicksandchores

    chicksandchores Chirping

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    I assume they have all their feathers (they should at nine weeks), so it should be fine to give them the choice to roam in their run/free range.
     
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  6. NorCal_Fluffers

    NorCal_Fluffers Chirping

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    Yep, all feathered out. It’s my first rodeo, so to speak, so I’m a little anxious.
     
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  7. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    No need to lock them up, it's just rain. They will likely go out....when they feel too wet they will go in, preen & fluff and go back out
     
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  8. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    A little rain is fine, I would only herd them in if they seem confused as to what to do and are getting completely soaked because of it.
     
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  9. NorCal_Fluffers

    NorCal_Fluffers Chirping

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    I did open their door and let them out. I was home by the time it rained to observe what they did. They found protected areas and stayed mostly dry. Thanks for the advice!
     

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