Chicks outside!! *Update first morning*

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by colowyo0809, May 31, 2010.

  1. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dacono, CO
    I am not going to get a wink of sleep tonight, which will be unfortunate because I spent all day getting their home ready and I am bloody exhausted! The 11 babies are outside in their new home and I fully expect rats and racoons and coyotes and snakes and rabbits to kill and eat them tonight!! [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG] but, for better or worse those five week olds are out of our bedroom and in the great outdoors! Will post pics as soon as I can think beyond the sheer worry!
    Matthew Ryan

    ETA: They are all still alive!! And hungry and thirsty!! Yay, the first night was ok! And I only woke up like four or five times!! I don't know how I'm going to deal with the rest of this week if those chicks ship out today like they are supposed to! having 30 some odd chicks of various ages all out in the coop will be a nightmare for me! How do people do this year after year? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2010

    JROOSTER Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    I am sorry but im 100% sure the Rabbits will not bother your chicks!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    They'll be fine and so will you...just breathe.....
  4. chickfamilyonsleepyhollow

    chickfamilyonsleepyhollow Songster 8 Years

    I totally feel your fear ... our six week old chicks (6 of em) slept out in the coop for the first time last night ... I confess I checked in on them at 1:15 am to find they're safe n sound ... I'm less anxious tonite and will probably sleep like a baby since I didn't get much sleep last night!!! Pat yourself on the back for all that you do for your chicks --- they will be fine [​IMG]
  5. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dacono, CO
    we went to the store for ice cream and came back to find them all huddled in a corner. So now we have the lamp rigged to hang in a corner. And now on top of anything else i'm worried about fire!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    JROOSTERToday 7:17 pmI am sorry but im 100% sure the Rabbits will not bother your chicks!!

    Ha! Rabbits are evil!! You don't know what they plan in their Rabbit Councils deep underground!! They are evil I tell you EVIL!!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Matthew Ryan​
  6. NA

    NA In the Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    My 5 are 31 days old today. I've had them out in the coop/run 4 x's now. Last night I let them stay in the coop. I bought a 40 watt heat emitter and put it on a timer to come on once an hour since the temp was supposed to drop into the 60's. I was worried about fire too so turned the emitter off. (It's a ceramic disc used for reptile tanks). I was out there 3 x's checking on things and Pricilla, General, Veruka, Blackberry and Sonic were all huddled and seemingly very comfortable. They spent the day outdoors today as well but we're expecting thunderstorms and I just couldn't leave them out to potentially get soaked..soooo back to the porch and brooder. No heat lamp though. They're pretty well feathered out. I think a couple more days on good food can't hurt them. They seem very active and happy. We gave them an ear of corn today and as described by someone else they really went at it after about an hour of wondering what the heck it was. I wish we'd just have some normal weather around here so they can make their final jump to the coop/run without me worrying about their well being. They've been a great joy to watch grow so far.
  7. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Kentucky, Cecilia
    I just put my babies in the outside coop, and my teens moved into a fenced off area in the big chickens coop. I'll be up all night with you. Get your flashlight ready cause you we want it.
  8. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    The wild rabbits in our yard frequently hang out near the chicken run. A couple of days ago the chickens were free ranging. One of the wild rabbits came close to the chickens and looked like it was trying to play. When several of the chickens started chasing it the rabbit decided to quickly ran off. I suspect a group of a few chickens could kill a rabbit. We have several wild little cotton tail rabbits running around. We see them playing often. They are used to us and we can walk up to about 10' from them before they run away.
  9. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dacono, CO
    Quote:Yes, and it was freaky!! I was just getting ready to go to bed and happened to look outside at the coop and thought I saw the lamp moving and flames!! I told my partner "THE COOP IS ON FIRE!!" put on my shorts and dashed outside and then spent a couple minutes trying to find the fire!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I think I woke up four or five times last night to do a visual from the bedroom that nothing was visibly wrong! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] . Slept until like 8:30 this morning, which is odd for me. Gah I'm tired!
  10. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    Wow which ones have a harder time adjusting: chickens or human? Human wins!
    Just wait til you have to go on vacation and you leave the chickens in the care of your teenage neighbor!

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