Attn Northern folks---Putting chicks out in coop???????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Solsken Farm, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 15 chicks that are a few days shy of 6 weeks. They are HUGE and seem to need more room than our 3 x 5 brooder in our coat room. I was contemplating moving them out to our insulated coop this weekend. They would have a 250 watt heat lamp and will be 6 weeks then. I would keep the pop door closed for another week or so. It is in the low 50s during the day now, with a colder breeze. Nights have gotten into the upper 20s outside. The coop is obviously much warmer and the heat lamp would be low to the floor. I would watch them to see their behavior and could always move them back.

    Should I wait another week or two? Or would this be okay?

    Thank you.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2008
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I think they'll be fine. They're generally tougher than we give them credit for.
  3. tinman9952

    tinman9952 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 30, 2007
    my new chicks were still a bit underage when i had to get them out of the garage. What i did, was staple up a chicken wire partition, giving them the back of the coop (so the older girls could still go in and out at will). When they were adult size, i just removed the partition.
  4. JohnL11935

    JohnL11935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Move 'em out. You probably needn't bother with the heat lamp either, especially during the day.

  5. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    I put my 2 chicks in the coop about 2 weeks ago. They are about 10-11 weeks old now. I have a special area consisting of about 2 large nesting boxes that they sleep in and I dont have to worry about the big girls picking on them. And during the day, they have their own little run connected to the big one so they still have interaction. As far as temps go, the coop is insulated and last nite it was 22 degress F. They were all snuggled up and nice and cozy. Tolerate the cold well. I am going to let them loose with the big girls this weekend when I have time to chicky-sit. They are so cute. One is a silkie and the other a barred rock.
  6. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I have my 6 week olds out in their section of the coop with their own popdoor and run. They have been going outside during the days for a couple weeks now, but I lock them up around 4pm now due to it getting so chilly.
  7. Home on the Stead

    Home on the Stead Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 20, 2008
    Ours are now one week old and have been in our insulated coop since the first day. Dry and draft free, with a heat lamp that they come and go under. They seem fine.

  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Yup, I say move 'em out. Put a deep layer of shavings so they can snuggle in if necessary. And you know they will all cuddle up with each other anyway if they are cold.
  9. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the replies, everyone. Okay I am going to do it. The dust (poo, ick) is all over our house!!!!!!

    They have their own section in the coop, with their own run. Poor things will be terrified I am sure.

    Our coop is insulated, dry and draft free. It has southern exposure so I might even open the pop door for them. It seems really warm on that side today.

    I appreciate it.[​IMG]
  10. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I meant to say, very cute!

    Okay, they are milling around, and appear very happy. No huddling under the heat lamp. So far so good.[​IMG]

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