At what age can I let my chicks outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by msgenie516, May 17, 2009.

  1. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

    May 16, 2008
    Nesconset, LI, NY

    I have 10 chicks, 7 are 7 weeks old and 3 are 5 weeks old. I have them all together but I have had them in an indoor pen with no outside run. I have kept a light on in there for warmth so they are used to being a little warm. I would like to transfer them to an outdoor coop and run, but I'm afraid they might feel too cold. There is no lighting in the outdoor coop.

    It's been fairly warm here but some nights it still gets down to the 40's and I'm worried that there may be a possibility of going down into the 30's. This isn't very likely but it could happen. I'm located in Long Island, New York, which is a little warmer than the rest of the state. What should I do? Thanks for any help! [​IMG] Genie
  2. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2009
    British Columbia,
    I think technically, the 7-weekers are fully feathered and so, should be able to keep themselves warm, and the 5-weekers are almost fully feathered (will be at 6 weeks....).

    I am curious to know others' perspective, too, as I just put my set of 8-weekers and my set of 6-weekers out tonight in BC and we are around 48-50 F overnight this past week...
  3. welovechickens

    welovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    The 7-weekers should not have any problems with chilly weather. I would think the 5-weekers would just snuggle down with the older ones and stay warm that way. [​IMG] Just be sure their outside cage isn't drafty, and they have plenty of food and water.
  4. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    We are new to the chicken family...but we have 8 chicks a few weeks old...we are putting them outside at 6 weeks.[​IMG]
  5. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    My chicks are outside within the first few days, but they are with a broody.
    The key is to be sure they are acclimated to the outside temperatures and provide a draft-free area with insulation (straw, etc) that they can huddle in if chilled.
  6. goldstar

    goldstar Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2013
    Hello, I have 25 3 week old chicks and they are in a coop with 2 heat lamps. All are feathering and the coop has a door in the floor with a ramp. Under the coop is fully enclosed safe from you know who's. can I let them out it is going up to 75 today?
  7. ChicksNSlippers

    ChicksNSlippers New Egg

    Apr 30, 2014
    South of South Carolina
    I have 2 baby chicks about 2-3 weeks old I let them run around in a small pen outside they seem happy and they were running up and down my legs and climbing up my arms and sitting on my shoulder I brought them inside in a box and now they are chirping loudly and only shut up after I put them in my lap should I permanently put them outside?:/
  8. NC118

    NC118 Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2014
    Welcome NC
    They may be cold. I took my 3 weeks old outide yesterday and it was 81 but once back inside they stayed under the lamp like they got cold. From what I"ve read on the site you have to wait until they get their feathers 6-8 weeks.

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