Can I move my chicks outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kelshill, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. kelshill

    kelshill New Egg

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    My girls are about 6 weeks old and seem to been mostly feathered. I want to move them out to the coop, it's going to be a low of 34 tonight. I have a heat lamp out there and it seems to be about 58 under the light. Should they been ok to leave out there?
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    It's better to gradually acclimate the chicks to cooler temperatures. If they've already been going outside for day romps on cool days, then they're probably ready. But if you've had them in a very warm environment with no exposure to cold, then it would be kind of a drastic change.

    They may be feathered out completely, but it would be better to take several days and do it gradually. First let them spend a little time outdoors during the day, gradually increasing the time. When it appears they're handling cool temps just fine, then move them into the coop 24/7.

    Next time you get baby chicks, if you brood them out in your coop from day one, then they will acclimatize automatically. See my article linked below on tossing out your indoor brooder.

    And welcome to BYC!
     
  3. kelshill

    kelshill New Egg

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    Great, thank you so much!
     

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