Hi. I'm new here and I was hoping you all could answer a few questions for me regarding what the temperature needs to be before a chicken can go outside. I just bought my 4 chicks on sunday and they are in their rubbermaid brooder with a heat lamp overhead. The gentleman who helped me at the store says they can be taken out of the brooder and outside in the pen when they are fully feathered at 6 weeks. Then later someone else told me it's to cold to let them go outside at this stage. I live near Seattle and it is currently in the 30's at night and 50's during the day. In April it is in the 40's at night and upper 50's low 60's during the day (when they would turn 6 weeks). We currently have the outdoor pen built, and the next project would be the little chicken "hutch" that they would climb up into to lay their eggs eventually. Would the hutch be warm enough for them? Would they know to go into it if they are cold? I'd would feel so bad if we lost them due to the cold. Also, are they really okay in the rubbermaid container for the 6 weeks? As you can tell I'm a little new at this! I'd appreciate any help! Thanks!