I want to put my 5 week old chicks outside tonight. It's going to be 48. They are used to a warm brooder, but I know they can tough through more than given credit for. I'm sick and smelling chicken ain't helping.
Hi! I have had mine outside for about a week (5wks) here in Southern Pines. I just hung a light and if they get cold, they can go under the light. It is going to get down to 33 by Thursday they say.
Hopefully I will be better by then and can stand the smell. LOL.
I have a little 40 watt out there to help out. I don't want them to get sick, but I well.... am tired of chick smell. I've tryed everything, but 5 chicks stink.
I have my brooders on the screened porch and I cover them up with old blankets or sheets and just leave places where air can get in. In the day I lift up the blanket. I also cut a hole in the blanket that is layed over the wire top and put my light there. (just sitting the heat light on the wire top) They stay pretty warm, but I had to rig a way to raise the light because they were getting too hot in the day. I agree about the smell!
Just when do you shut of the light? Mine are almost 4 wks with a couple of 2wks. They are feathered out pretty good except the head. Yes, I agree they are stinky!!!
I have been putting them out on nice days. They are out now while I clean out the brooder but the temps have dropped. I do have a light on them so I'm trying to wait as long as I can before letting them back in the house.