Can my 4-6 week old chicks live outside yet ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by connor97, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. connor97

    connor97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It has been in the high 60s and low 70s during the day and in the 40s-50s during the night. Can they live outside yet? We could put a heat lamp in the coop at night but if it is not necessary it would be easier to not have one.
  2. Lilslinkfarm

    Lilslinkfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2012
    Jane, MO
    Are they fully feathered? If they are then I don't see why not as long as their coop is draft free. The younger 4 week old's would probably still need a light though just for a little extra warmth, maybe a 100w bulb instead of the 250w heat lamp bulbs. I moved mine out at 6 weeks but it was 20-30 at night so I kept the heat lamp on during night time hours
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Feathers on the head and back, no light. Downy noggins, keep the light. You can stretch it a little if you have lots of chicks to snuggle but if the group is small, wait until they are fully feathered. It shouldn't be much longer. Oh, and if you can put the light in the coop and they'll be the only occupants, there is no reason to wait on moving them out.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013

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