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Age chicks have to be before going outside just during the day

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BrittTiff1995, May 28, 2016.

  1. BrittTiff1995

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    Can you tell me how old chicks have to be before they can go outside just during the day and what the outside temp should be. Thanks
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    It is all about the age and ambient temperature.
    I've seen mother hens take chicks outside when it was in the 30s F. They're not that fragile. They need a hot spot to warm up and then they run around in the cold most of the time.
    The hot spot could be a hen or an artificial heat source.
    You'd be surprised the cool temps a 2,3 or 4 week old chick can handle for short periods. If they huddle together, they're too cold. If they scatter, they're fine.
     
  3. azygous

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    My rule of thumb is after age two weeks, a nice calm day of 70F is fine for them for a short spell, say no more than half hour to start. Then you can increase the time spent away from their heat source each day by a little bit until they are spending an hour away from the heat on a nice day.

    Watch the chicks and they will tell you if they are cold and need to go inside by huddling together.
     
  4. BrittTiff1995

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    Thank you for the advise. They are 10 days old so by next week if the weather is nice I will put them out for a short time to see how they are doing. I noticed this morning that one of the Welsummer chicks is sleeping more than usual and has pasty butt. They are eating medicated chick food and I change their water 3 times a day and clean their poop out of their brooding box at least 3 times a day. Any ideas as to why this is happening? The speckled Sussex chick is always pushing the 2 Welsummer chicks away from the food and chases the other chick (not the one with pasty butt).
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    Pasted vent may be cured with probiotics.
    What is the temperature in the brooder?
     

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