Could chicks sleep outside on the grass temporarily?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Smokin Silkies, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    I'm in the process of building another coop & I have ALOT of Silkie chicks that NEED to be moved outside. All I have right now is a chicken tractor. I'm going to put a large plastic bin in there...upside down with a hole cut in the side for them to get in....but would it be ok for them to actually sleep on the grass or should I lay something over thr grass? I've never had to do this so I'm unsure. Any ideas? Thanks!
     
  2. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the outside temp going to be? How old are the chicks? If it were me I'd at least put down some hay to keep it from getting as cold.
     
  3. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my chicks outside for a couple of transitional weeks this spring. I kept the top on the plastic storage container, cut a door, and filled the bottom with pine shavings, but they should be fine on grass if the outside temperatures don't get too cold. I had a hole in the lid of mine with a 50wtt reptile bulb, but it was spring and still quite cold at night.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Some bedding for insulation is probably a good idea, but my real concern would be moisture. If they are on the ground and it rains, they could be in trouble. A heavy dew could also cause problems, though that bin upside down might take care of that. I think what you are talking about is doable, but I'd want to give them a dry place, maybe something under that bin.
     
  5. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Getting them to go into something like that might be challenging. But I would expect them to roost on top of a container or huddle in a corner. What about putting a cover like a tarp or sheets of plywood over a section of your tractor so they are protected from dew or precip and providing a roost or bedding? Is tractor super predator-proof?
     
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  6. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    The temps at night are about 50*-60*. The chicks are between 7-9 weeks old. I have pine shavings, no hay...but could buy some if that would be better??
     
  7. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    I have hardware cloth over the whole thing except for where the wood is. I have one end that is covered on all ends & top (except for the bottom) with wood. I planned on covering that area with a tarp anyways during the night. I also plan on putting 4x4's around the outside edge, so nothing can dig....also thinking about cinder blocks too.
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    At that age I would not worry about them that much. I would probably put the pine shavings in there and make sure a rain will not flood them.
     
  9. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    Well they are outside. Im scared lol. I put a really thick piece of plywood down, then ALOT of shavings. I cut a hole in one of those thick plastic ponds and flipped it upside down and leaned a pc of 2x6 over the door to help keep the draft out. Hoping they all do good...I'll be checking on them shortly.

    [​IMG] Wish my babies luck [​IMG]
     
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Well, how did they do?
     

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