At what age can chicks go outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by brierose3, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. brierose3

    brierose3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    At the moment we have one 5 day old chick with its mother in a brooder in our bathroom. Now that the hen has left the two remaining eggs and with the chick, have started wandering about the bathroom and scratching around making a mess, I was wondering when I could let mamma hen take her chick outside for a little field trip. It would only be for short periods and I would be supervising the whole time...
     
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  2. CrazyChookLady5

    CrazyChookLady5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what I do when I have a broody chook with chicks, is after they're about 5 days old (and not too cold) I lock them out side the indoor part of their coop so they can get some fresh air. after about 1 or 2 days I open the door of their coop so they can go back into the indoor part of it, but they usually stay out of that part anyway. I let they out with my other chooks when their are about 4/5 weeks, but I think you can them out earlier than that.
    here's a picture of my coop for broody chook and her chicks:
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    hope this helps and isn't too confusing!!
     
  3. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You said you would be supervising so any time would be fine. My baby chicks live outside as soon as they jump out of the nest.
     
  4. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    When chicks are brooded in-house without a mother hen, chicks can get chilled. When they get chilled, their resistance goes down ,and they are more susceptible to disease. This is why we supplement heat for the first 6 weeks of their lives. Fresh air should naturally be a part of the indoor environment. They shouldn't have to go outside to have fresh air, and one is taking a big chance putting them outside during the colder months..
     
  5. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah but brierose's chick has a mother hen and it's warm in Australia right now, so like I said, anytime would be fine.
     
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I agree!
     
  7. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    I disagree. If the two remaining eggs still need to hatch, letting her out with a hatched chick will compromise the remaining chicks to be hatched. A grow off pen with an inside nest area/coop at floor level would be best instead of a bathroom to be moved in and out of. Something to plan in the future.
     
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  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I've never seen a broody that went back to eggs after leaving the nest for already hatched chicks. The OP indicated she had left the remaining eggs. It's a done deal..I'm doubting there will be any more chicks from that hatch.
     
  9. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    How long remains a mystery. That would determine much. Hens will get off a nest periodically before others hatch. I've seen it many times. Otherwise they'd starve to death.
     
  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    X2 mine are treated about the same and remember no big open containers of water should be around as this will cause you the loss of a new chick [​IMG]
     

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