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Age to live outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by iBoodle, May 10, 2011.

  1. iBoodle

    iBoodle Songster

    May 10, 2011
    I have 2 almost 9 week old chicks, and they are way too big for their box. It is about 40-50 degrees out every night. Can they sleep outside in their coop with towels wrapped around to keep out the wind?



  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Most definetly!! You could have moved them out when they were fully featherd at 5 weeks!! [​IMG]
  3. iBoodle

    iBoodle Songster

    May 10, 2011
    Oh geez. Can you tell this is my first time raising chickens?

    My mom won't be happy to know they could've moved out 3 weeks ago, and their mess could've gone with them! [​IMG]

  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    This is how we learn.
  5. cartersmith

    cartersmith In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2011
    mine went out at 6weeks they are now 8 weeks and in the big coop with my big chickens and are doing great and growing fast [​IMG]
  6. mommas_got_peeps

    mommas_got_peeps In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2011
    Hocking county Ohio
    LOl...I have 3 Tetras that are almost 5 weeks (fully feathered) and 3 GLWyandotts 4week olds still molting.. they go out by day and I bring them in at night. I also have 6 wee ones only 6 days old that I put them in with at night with a screen on top of their pen. Came down yesterday morning and darned if the bigger gals hadn't knocked the screen off and ALL 6 of the bigger ones were standing down by the steps looking at me when I came down yesterday morning. LOL [​IMG] so I decided to try a "follow the leader" and opened the back door, shook their food bin and they followed me out to their "day" cage.

    Their coop is still under construction but hope to be done and livable by next weekend. We heard coyotees last night so that is why I hesidated leaving them out maybe another night. [​IMG]
  7. fifelakelooper

    fifelakelooper Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    fife lake, mi.
    Well...most of you aren't saying where you live and what the night temp is there. I have 6 wk. old chicks and they are fine with no heat light during the day...but at night with temps down to 40....I have still had on the lamp. I need some reasurrance it is ok for them with no heat. What's the verdict?

  8. sandysylvester

    sandysylvester In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Quote:I am doing the same thing, though mine were peeping quite loud last week when I tried no light for awhile. I also am trying to teach them to go "home" at dusk. I thought a light would encourage them, but tonight will be the 4th night I have to put them in there. Hopefully they will learn soon! LOL
  9. I didn't put mine outside till 10 weeks old because the weather has been testy here. A couple nights ago we got a frost, as the temps dipped below freezing. When they are fully feathered, they can handle cool temps, but I preferred to wait till it was milder to let the little girls out. I live in NH so I'm pretty northern.
  10. fifelakelooper

    fifelakelooper Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    fife lake, mi.
    Well...we had frost a couple of times last week....I think I will keep turning it on at night another week. They are fully feathered now...but North Michigan has erratic weather and I might as well keep it on at night. Thanks for the input.

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