Brood outdoors?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by casadezorola, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. casadezorola

    casadezorola Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2015
    I live in sunny Southern California and was wondering if I could keep the babies outside in a large heated (and vented) box? I receive them in 2 weeks and they will little.
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Broody hens do it all the time.

    Chicks don't know if they're "inside" or "outside". All they know is this. Is it the proper temperature? Is there food? Is there water? and do I have mates and do we have room to jump and peck and run around. That's about it.
  3. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    That's how I always do. I have done so in different kinds of set ups. This is the most recent one. I'd put a lamp on one end of the run with a tarp secured to keep that end warm and the chicks could cool off on the other end. Didn't lose a single one this way and I had snow on the ground at the time. I'd say in California, you should be fine.

    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015

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