heading outside for first time...

Phildo

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 13, 2012
11
0
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Springfield OH
Taking my 6 chicks outside. They're out of control in my basement... They're going into a coop with a pen. Do i need to keep them in the coop for days like chickens without pens or can they just be "put out"?
 

momd29

Chirping
7 Years
Feb 26, 2012
166
3
83
Waterloo, South Carolina
Chickens will need a pen/coop at night so that they can be safe from predators, but it's perfectly okay to allow them to free-range in your yard as long as they are safe and have an adequate food and water supply.
 

miamor

In the Brooder
7 Years
Mar 19, 2012
14
0
24
Philadelphia, PA
I felt the same way when I put my girls out at 6 weeks. They did fine, except the 3rd night our favorite got smooshed:( RIP Princess. They were huddling together in a crammed corner of the coop in between the nesting boxes and the inside wall of the coop ( i suppose) because when I went to let them out the next morning she was still there :( I felt terrible!! Looking to replace her with 2 more chicks soon. That night I physically placed the girls on the roosting bar so they knew to huddle there. They've been doing it ever since! Wish I had known! Good Luck!
 

momd29

Chirping
7 Years
Feb 26, 2012
166
3
83
Waterloo, South Carolina
I felt the same way when I put my girls out at 6 weeks. They did fine, except the 3rd night our favorite got smooshed:( RIP Princess. They were huddling together in a crammed corner of the coop in between the nesting boxes and the inside wall of the coop ( i suppose) because when I went to let them out the next morning she was still there :( I felt terrible!! Looking to replace her with 2 more chicks soon. That night I physically placed the girls on the roosting bar so they knew to huddle there. They've been doing it ever since! Wish I had known! Good Luck!
That is a great point Miamor. It is best to get them to roost at night instead of sleeping in a corner or in their nesting boxes. It's especially important not to allow them to sleep in their nesting boxes because they will tend to poo in their nesting boxes. If you break the habit early then you will have less to worry about when they starting laying eggs.
 

Rock Home Isle

Songster
7 Years
Apr 25, 2012
2,146
232
188
Northern Frontrange of Colorado
I started putting my pullets out at 3 weeks...they will be 6 weeks this Friday. For the 1st week I still had to bring them in at night, but now that the coop is finished...all is well.

Weather has been mild, one or 2 rainy days where they had to spend a day in the coop; but they love being outside...there are 2 ducks with the pullets and they all graze the grass in my yard and they hunt for worms and grubbs in the garden. I have not been able to teach them to come to the coop at night. That will be my next activity for the flock.
 

RonC

Songster
7 Years
Feb 28, 2012
1,510
132
196
D/FW
I guess my question is how old are they and how cold is it at night? If they are feathered and it's staying above 50 degrees they should be fine without a light. You will probably have to put them in the coop for the first few nights but learn pretty quick where to sleep.
 

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