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bringing new chicks outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bigwhiskey, May 18, 2009.

  1. bigwhiskey

    bigwhiskey New Egg

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    We brought our baby chicks outside yesterday. They are 6 weeks old. We built a nice chicken coop for them. Inside they have nice nesting boxes and also a large tree branch to roost on. They haven't ventured outside yet. The chicken coop is built on stilts, so there is a ramp for them to use. How can I get them to visit outside? They will love it. It is fenced all around and has plenty of room to scratch.
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    [​IMG] At 6 weeks they are probably cold. They should have heat until they are fully feathered out.
     
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I just put our 5 week old chicks out in the coop this weekend. They are so thrilled about being outside that I have the opposite problem...we have to crawl in the run to grab them and put them in the coop. But our temps have been a balmy 94 for the last few days. The whole next week isn't supposed to be under 85. Even the nights stay around 70. Mine are out there just dust bathing and staying in the shade...but I don't want to leave them in the open run for the night due to predators.
     
  4. bigwhiskey

    bigwhiskey New Egg

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    The chicks are feathered out. The weather has been nice. We made sure that we send them out when the weather is decent. The days have been warm in the 70' s and low 80's. The nights have been in the high 40's and low 50's. Do we need to actually put them outside? Would they figure out the ramp to get back into the coop? They seem happy! They are chirping, eating, and drinking. Thanks for any advice!
     
  5. Eggie and Me

    Eggie and Me Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our girls have been in their coop/yard for the last 3 days and nights [​IMG] I was more ready to reclaim our NEW BARELY used master bathroom. They are doing awesome! They were a little unsure, but once they realized the potential, there's been no stopping them. This evening they actually went into the coop on their own.. We placed ours on the ground first with their feed and water. At the end of each day I move it back into their coop and it was almost like they just needed to know what they were suppose to do. We still use a heat lamp at night and I get up early in the morning 7a.m. open their coop and let them come out as they're ready. We just move slowly and introduce new routines one at a time.[​IMG]
     
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    ok don't laugh . . . we carry mine out side and then . . . I said don't laugh . . . I sit on a low stool and they all hide under me until they are ready to run around . . .
     
  7. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm not laughing. That is adorable![​IMG]
     
  8. rainbowgardens

    rainbowgardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just like they would hide under the momma hen!
     
  9. Monk

    Monk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would keep them cooped up for a week anyway to allow them to adapt to their new home, learn their roost and feather out more as debiraymond has commented. Also to avoid having to catch them and put them to bed as briteday has commented.
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2009
  10. Ladyhawke1

    Ladyhawke1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Hey! We must be twins....that's what mine did and do. We are the Momma hen. [​IMG]
     

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