At what nite time Temp do you put chics outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by buc, May 2, 2007.

  1. buc

    buc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am about to put my first group of chics outside in a pen without a heat lamp, but I am wondering if I am going to loss some of my home hatched Silver Lace WY by putting them out too early.

    At what night time temp should I be putting them out?
     
  2. nikkimay

    nikkimay Out Of The Brooder

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    How old are they? Think about the 5 degree a week countdown from 95 degrees at birth.... I would make sure the babies are fully feathered, and slowly acclimate them to the weather.

    Is it possible to put a heat lamp in the coop for them?
     
  3. buc

    buc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are fully feathered. I bought them 5 weeks ago.

    As for the heat lamp, the answer is no.
     
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    nikkimay Out Of The Brooder

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    At 5 weeks I wouldn't put my babies out - but i'm extra careful with them... I would find even a single loss unacceptable.

    If it were me, i'd wait until they were at least 8 weeks old... and/or find a transitional place where they could have heat.
     
  5. buc

    buc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the help.

    Currently they are in my barn with the tractor, 4 wheeler and riding lawn mower. They are in a bi-level 8' x 4 ' cage with a red light heat lamp, they seem happy.
     

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