Are they ready to be outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ambe0487, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Songster

    Jul 6, 2015
    Urbandale, IA
    I have 5 - 7week old chicks. Overnight temps will be approximately 25 degrees. [​IMG]

    If I put them outside, do I need a heat lamp? [​IMG]
    I have feed bags about 4 feet up to cut wind.

  2. jmchickensuk

    jmchickensuk Hatching

    Jan 24, 2016
    Take baby steps introducing the chick to the coop and monitor their behaviour and if they are about 6-8 weeks old that should be just fine. Do it in stages though I would suggest like 2 hours... then 4 hours... then 6 hours... Its not necessary but i think its better :)

    I would hate to go from warmth to cold like that lol

    Monitor and Trial it! Hope this helps
  3. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Chickens always need to be gradually acclimated when you intend to subject them to drastic temperature extremes. While fully feathered chicks won't have any problem surviving sub-freezing weather, suddenly going from a 70 degree house to below freezing in a coop is much too drastic.

    It's best to keep them inside, turn off the heat, and lower the temp in their room over a period of several days, gradually getting them accustomed to cooler, then colder air temps before the final move.

    This is one reason I'm a huge advocate of brooding chicks outside in the coop or run. That way they are cold hardened from the very beginning, gradually needing less heat from their heat source as they feather out. Then they're already acclimated when they're fully weaned off their heat source. Next time you brood chicks, you might consider this system.
  4. lacy111693

    lacy111693 In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2016
    I would personally give them a heat lamp with below freezing temps.
  5. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Songster

    Jul 6, 2015
    Urbandale, IA
    I brought them inside. I figure I'll take them out during the day and back in before sundown. That way they get some athletic time and use to their new coop, while also getting them accustomed to the weather. :)

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