from box to ground

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by magnelly, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. magnelly

    magnelly New Egg

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    I am gettin my first chicks and plan to have a big yard when they are ready. how long should I wait to let them out in a protective pen on grass? thanks to all replies
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Chicks up to 1 week of age should be kept at a temperature of around 90-95*F and the brooder temperature should be reduced by around 5*F each week after that, until they are fully feathered (6-7 weeks). If the daytime temperatures is warm enough you can put them out from a very young age, but make sure they are warm enough out there. Chicks can get chilled quickly. They will let you know if they are cold by huddling together and dog piling in an effort to stay warm.
     
  3. magnelly

    magnelly New Egg

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    Temperature isn't an issue during the day. I could not find anything referencing a minimum age. They are a few days old. I'm going to wait a few more days, then a little at a time until they outgrow the brood box.
     

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