Does anyone start their chicks outside?

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
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Nov 9, 2007
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I'm totally against it and the debate at my house rages on, but my SO says that they can do just fine in their coop, within a brooder guard, with heat lamps. He guarantees me that the temp. can be kept to what is needed.
Does anyone on the forum raise their chicks that way? I know they do exactly that in the commercial houses, but there are 20,000+ babies in those houses.
 

GwenFarms

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They will do just fine out there as long as the temp is kept up. I'm keeping mine in the barn this year and its not much different than keeping them in the coop. I had planned on starting them in the coop, but had to do some work on it to get it ready and the chicks got here first. I haven't lost a single chick this year and I've always raised mine this way. I don't feel like I've ever lost one due to temp problems.
 

mommy9994

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I do in warmer weather-- if it were mid-late April I would consider it, I would start them outside in May deffinately. I'm expecting 50 this morning, and they will be inside.
 

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