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Age to go outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ducks_rcool329, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    Black Forest, Colorado
    Hello, so I have 11 hens that are close to 9 weeks old this weekend and have been haplily living in my garage under a heat lamp, well they are getting a little to big for their broder and I think they would like to move outside with the others. With my other chickens I put them out at 8 weeks, but that was when it got up to 100*F during the day, now it gets down in the 30s at night, and idk if I can move them out yet. The coop is a somewhat open air coop, it has wood on 3 sides, then one side is jsut wire fencing, with a run that has a roof over it. it dosent get to much warmer in the coop, even with a heat lamp. One thing I heard was to use bales of straw to make like a wall, since it is a great insuulator. Thanks [​IMG]

  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Put them out. No more heat. [​IMG] They have been given a nice set of feathers to keep the weather from getting cold. Let them out and be chickens. [​IMG]
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I would stack bales of straw or hay, as you mentioned, to have a more closed in section of the coop (like a kid building a fortress)...two high should be plenty. At 9 weeks I'm certain they must be feathered out. However, if they're used to a lamp at night, I'd still hang one out there in the most sheltered area of the coop...not to make the coop warmer, but to give them a place to go to warm up at night if needed. Within a week or two, I'd removed the lamp. If they're used to 70 degrees or so under a lamp at night and are tossed out into 30 degree nights, I think that would be a cruel shock. They'd live, but I doubt it'd be pleasant.

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