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Can I put my brooder outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AuntieE, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. AuntieE

    AuntieE Chirping

    Mar 11, 2011
    Philipsburg, PA
    I hope I'm not asking a question that has been covered already, but if anyone knows I'd appreciate your comments. [​IMG]

    I have 6 5 week old chicks. 5 are feathered in well, but I have 6th that is lagging behind. She is about 1/2 way feathered. Currently they are in the house, but of course at this point are getting stinky and dusty (I change their bedding frequently, but they're just getting too big). I have them in a brooder made from a little tykes toy chest and I've covered the top with hardware cloth. We have a covered porch that I thought they might do OK in at night. I would keep them in the brooder and secure the top so it can't be opened by a predator (we don't have many, but just in case). I thought if I put the brooder against the house wall it would be protected from the weather. I may also tarp half to give a little more shelter just in case there was rain, etc that managed to get in the porch. Temps have been getting down to low 40s high 30s at night. Coop should be done in the next week...

    Thanks for your help. [​IMG]

  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    That sounds fine to put them outside. I would have a little heat just in case they get really cold! Congrats on your chicks!


    Last edited: Apr 18, 2011
  3. AuntieE

    AuntieE Chirping

    Mar 11, 2011
    Philipsburg, PA
    Thanks [​IMG] That's the way I was leaning. We'll see how it goes!
  4. juliette2009

    juliette2009 Songster

    Apr 27, 2009
    Wadmalaw Island, SC
    Sounds like a plan!

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