Chicks out of shape?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eggcamefirst, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    So I took my 3.5 and 2.5 week olds outside today to play for a bit. The ran around a little but mostly stayed in my shadow and didn't wander far (except for the two who ran off into the briars). When I brought them back inside, they were all panting like crazy....they were out for maybe 10 minutes in 85 degree weather. Is this because they are being brooded in an 70 degree basement and its just that much of a temperature difference? Or is this normal? Should I offer water when we go outside?

    They seem fine now
     
  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    They're fine and just dealing with the summer time.
     
  3. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm in a similar situation. How long can you keep chicks outside before you need to start bringing water?
     
  4. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Even if my chicks are out for five minutes I like to provide water. They were probably dealing with the temp change and also thirst.
     
  5. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x 2 Water every time [​IMG]
     
  6. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    Will they be able to adjust when its time to be in the coop at 5 weeks?
    Should I gradually increase the time they are outside to help with the eventual adjustment?
     
  7. greenkjb

    greenkjb Out Of The Brooder

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    I give my chicks water no matter how short their outside playtime is, and they drink a lot while they are outside; even in 75 degree weather with shade!
     
  8. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just make sure they have plenty of cool,clean drinking water and also access to shade and they should be fine.If temps get really hot (like 90 or above)I would use my judgement on when it's too much for them and then go from there.They are going to pant when it's hot out.They will also hold their wings away from their bodies to expel heat.It's how they cool off...also colder water helps them to cool off as well.Keep the water in the shade so it stays cooler [​IMG]
     

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