Are they ready to go outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sepaditty1, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 chicks that are 4 weeks old today. They are heaalthy & beautiful, but ready to be out of the brooder. (I think).

    They have most of their feathers. Only the necks look prickly. Our nights are only around 35 degrees, so I'm worried. But since I'm in SC they should really be warming up soon.

    I have full grown chickens outside who are fine with the temp, I do not have the option of hanging my heat lamp outside, I do not have an enclosed coop.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. CountryGal517

    CountryGal517 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can always let them out fir the day and bring them inside at night and see how they do.....
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I think it's a bit too early. I'm guessing that you want them out of the house! Do you have an option for putting them in a garage, or your basement with the heat lamp? At 4 weeks, the rule of thumb would be 70 degrees. Have they been weaned down to that temp yet? I tend to be conservative, perhaps there's some one reading who has had luck putting 4 weeks out in that temp. But, I wouldn't risk it. Good luck with the weaning!
     
  4. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't weaned yet. Good plan. I'll start today.
     

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