Are my babies okay outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ctcasper, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be six weeks old wednesday. We put them outide in an all wire chicken run with a tarp over most of it. They have a dry place with straw and a 65watt light bulb. This is how we housed my 8 week olds when we got them, but is it okay for my 6 week olds? They are fully feathered. It is raining now, but like I said they have a dry place to go with some heat. Our lowest low in the forcast is about 45, daytime temps in the high 60s and 70s mostly...tomorrow will be a little more chilly so I will leave the light on.
    Any thoughts??
     
  2. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine went out at 5 1/2 weeks, they have a coop, with two 100 watt bulbs, temps have been down to the 40s outside. They've done beautifully, they roost on the roosts and haven't huddled under the lights. I was out there checking on them all night for 2 nights, they were fine. It's been over a week and they are loving their new digs!
     
  3. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ladies and fryers went out to the coop at just under 4 weeks. I kept a heat lamp on at night untill a few days ago. These birds are much hardier than we give them credit for sometimes. they are 5 weeks today and doing fine. I'm much more concerned with the heat of the day then the cool nights.
     
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    The temps should be okay, but watch out for the dampness. And dont allow the yard area to become a mud hole. Layer it with straw.
     
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  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I probably take the heat source away earlier than is recommended a lot of times just because I feel like if they were with a mother hen, by the time they get a certain size and are pretty well feathered out she wouldn't be able to cover them all anyway. Of course it depends on the weather and the time of year.
     

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