? About 3-4 week old chickens being in outside coop.

May 9, 2020
Clark County, KY
I have a group of 18 mostly a little over 4 week old and a few 3 week old chicks that I currently have in a stock tank with a heat lamp. I have been turning the heat bulb off most of the day as it’s in the mid to high 80’s. At night it’s in the mid 60’s. Even at night they tend to not be cold and are away from the heat bulb. I am wondering if it would be ok to go on and move them to an outside coop that is a little bigger but still enclosed on part and sheltered by being next to a barn.

Mrs. K

Free Ranging
13 Years
Nov 12, 2009
western South Dakota
yes! I think more space is much better than excessive safety and warmth. Chickens need the ability to move around, up on things, crawling over rougher terrain. I put mine out at one week, offered them good shelter, and windbreak, and they were fine.

Get them out, unless the temperature would drop to -10 degrees, a 3-4 week chick is safe from the cold.

Mrs K

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