Chicks outside at 2 weeks old?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Erin80, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. Erin80

    Erin80 Songster

    Apr 16, 2017
    Hi everyone, I'm new here....and new to keeping chickens. We got our first 5 babies yesterday - Barred Rock pullets (apparently, but we will see if they really are all female!).
    Today it is about 22C out (71F)...are we able to take a few of the babies out into the sun for a few minutes? I don't mean for them to live out there yet, or spend lengthy amounts of time....just maybe 10 min or so to peck around in the grass. Not sure if this is too young?
    They're brooder is our kiddie pool, heat lamp is currently set to 85-87 and they seem extremely comfortable - often sleeping stretched out underneath it. They are so funny to watch!
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    That would be fine to get them out in the sun on grass for short periods.
    If they were with a mother hen they would be running around on their own most of the time in those temps only running back under her rarely to warm up.

    Once they are about 4 or 5 weeks and it stays above 60 at night, they can stay out 24/7 with predator protection.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2017
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Sure as long as they are dry and out of the wind...
    ....and maybe even have some shade if the sun is fierce.

    Keep them confined so they don't get away from you.

    I used this for tiny chicks day trips:
    1/2" hardware cloth and an old brooder top I had made.

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