A few questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MikasGirl, May 11, 2009.

  1. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! We have had chickens before, but we weren't sure on these chicks q's:

    At what age can they run around outside under supervision?
    When are they old enough to
    a) be wormed
    b) not have a heat lamp

    Thank you!
     
  2. digginchicks

    digginchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should slowly wing them off the heat lamp trying to decrease the temperature 5 degrees a week or so. I'm not sure how to answer your question about the outside question since I just let them out and watch them after they are a week old or so which im sure I shouldn't do
     
  3. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. So they are almost two weeks old, so a couple more weeks with the heat lamp.
     
  4. Katy_didnot

    Katy_didnot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, then you'll have them down to about room temp anyway.
     
  5. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can bring them outside on any warm day, preferably ones that aren't windy, as long as you stay very close to them. At that age they are easy prey for roaming cats, crows, and any other prey animal who wants a snack. Watch the chicks closely and at the first sign of chill bring them back in under the heat lamp.
     
  6. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just got three more chicks today that are what look like 5 days. It seems that they get along with the other ones that are almost two weeks. When do chickens hit their "ugly" stage?
     
  7. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
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    at about 3 weeks old. It seems like 3 - 5 weeks old they really have that teen awkward look.
     
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
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    Mine are out running with the big girls all day by 5 weeks. I leave a light on that they can get to during cold days and on at night for 1 more week then they are in the big coop. Occasionally I have one that hasn't feathered out at he same rate as the others and he will have to stay behind with the new batch of babies for another week or so. I have never had a problem with that schedule, never had a sick chick or lost one.
     

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