Chicks 2-3weeks old

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Massimo, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Massimo

    Massimo Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there

    I'm new on this forum

    I have in bird cage 2 chicks, about 2-3weeks old.
    They are always full of life and with very good appetite.
    For my kids are the perfect pets to look after,and hopefully one day they laying a few eggs.

    When is the best time to put them in the coop outside?
    At moment in the night time I locate them in my garden shed, and day time they can enjoy the sunlight outside.


    Thanks
    Max
     
  2. Reurra

    Reurra Overrun With Chickens

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    They will need to be warm and under a warm light. They should be fully feathered before going outside into the coop. As the winter nears, its a good idea to make sure they have a source of heat, or some good insulation to snuggle into, like straw or hay.

    I keep my chicks under a brooder lamp until they are 5-8 weeks, or the ambient temperature is above 45 F at night. Since its getting cold these days, depending on where you live, you might consider getting them a heat lamp for their permanent home. I would not put them out suddenly either when they are fully feathered. I would get them used to the cold in stages. Otherwise they can become stressed which can make them sick.
     
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  3. Massimo

    Massimo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all you suggestion.

    I live in Australia and now is almost summer time.
    Are u think till they are a least 6weeks you don't suggest to put them outside?

    Thanks
     
  4. Reurra

    Reurra Overrun With Chickens

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    As long as they are fully feathered and the temperatures are around 6-10 C at night they should be fine [​IMG]
     
  5. Massimo

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    Oh yes. In Sydney in night time is between 15-18c.

    Thanks[​IMG]
     
  6. Reurra

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    If its that warm at night, you could go as early as 4 weeks! I should move to Australia....its 3C here...and it was a warm night for November! haha!
     

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