Can I let them outside now?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by banananutmuffin, May 12, 2011.

  1. banananutmuffin

    banananutmuffin Out Of The Brooder

    It's high in the mid-70s here, low in the mid-50s. They are 5 weeks old now, and fully feathered except for their heads. I have a 50 watt bulb on them that they snuggle under at night to sleep in my unfinished basement, but otherwise they don't need to want to be under the light particularly. Can I put them out in the coop now?
  2. Sylvialarry

    Sylvialarry Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2010
    Northern Calif
    Mine are 6 weeks old and I put them outside when they were 5 weeks old. However they are not with the big girls and I do have a heat light in there. The big girls can see the babies and the babies can see them as well. My big girls do not like the babies. I do not plan on mixing them together until the babies are about their same size.
  3. banananutmuffin

    banananutmuffin Out Of The Brooder

    These are my first chickens, so no big ones to worry about. [​IMG]

    I don't have power out to my coop, so I can't have a light on them out there. I'm just wondering if it's too cold for them or not. My gut instinct says that they'll be fine, but thought I'd check here with more knowledgeable folks.
  4. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes fully feathered, and you have a secure coop? Your chickens need to go home.[​IMG]
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    5 weeks old is old enough to stay warm at most temperatures. I put my 5 week old Australorps out at 5 weeks with no more heat lamp and the temps were getting in to the upper 30's low 40's. They did just fine. Chickens adapt quite quickly and especially at that age they have enough feathers to stay warm, Yours will do just fine [​IMG]
  6. susannemw

    susannemw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2011
    Can you let them out to free range at 6 weeks? We have no run yet, but I'd like to let them run around a bit. How do they know to come back - I need them to be able to do it without me having to catch all 14 of them one at a time. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
  7. RaZ

    RaZ Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Caseville, MI
    Mine have been out for nearly 3 weeks now. I have 5 chicks ~7 weeks and 5 ducks ~ 4 weeks. They free range in the backyard and both groups are putting themselves to bed with just a little encouragement from me.

    Now the 6 3 week olds haven't been outside yet.
  8. banananutmuffin

    banananutmuffin Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks for the advice! I'll put them in their coop this weekend!
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    As far as getting them to come back in for the night, my 9 week olds have no clue as to the need to get to safety for the night. So you may have to train them with food, luring them back in the coop. [​IMG]
  10. areyoumymother

    areyoumymother Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    I put my 3 week olds in the big house last week....they are doing great...seems like they have doubled in size now that they have more room to roam in their run and find goodies to eat in the grass.... The June bugs are thick right now and they love'em

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