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Help! Outdoor chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stasiacr, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. stasiacr

    stasiacr Hatching

    Jan 12, 2010
    I really need some advice- I have been raising chickens indoors since september- they have full feathers and seem quite developed. The only thing is, I now have to get rid of them or move them outdoors. Does anyone know if they can handle going from 60* to 35* without dying? or going into shock?

  2. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Do you have a coop? If so, maybe you can give them a heat lamp for awhile. That should be plenty warm enough.
  3. jaboo81

    jaboo81 Songster

    Dec 9, 2009
    New Braunfels TX
    if you have a coop so they can get in a roost next to each other a night they should be fine.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:What Murano Farms said.

    Your chickens are more than fully feathered and ready to go outside. They just need some adjustment from the inside temp (60) to the outside temp (35) for a while.
  5. evonne

    evonne Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    their coop doesn't have to be a "coop" either... anything you havethat can shield them from the weather and help keep their body heat in...

    a larger rubbermaid tote can be set up for them.. cut a walk though door in it, and cut a whole in both ends just big enough to put an ald sprinklter pipe through for a foost...

    mine all free range, and have since they were old enough to be outside... but when it started getting clsoe to freezing, i had a kids picnic table, and some plywood and bricks.. i stood the plywood up with various things to keep it vertical and then draped an old comforter between the two pieces and over the picnic table and i moved them all from their regular roost on the fence to under the table/tent and they were fine....

    do the best you can... if you can putthem outside during the day and bring them in at night for a few days it's a nice beffer between the two temps too...

    good luck
  6. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
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  7. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    New York STATE
    If you put them in a coop with a heat lamp they should be fine

  8. Keri78

    Keri78 Songster

    Oct 17, 2009
    If your worried about it I would just let them out during the day and do the plastic rubbermaid tote at night for them to sleep. I've seen really large ones at Target for super cheap like $7-10. It won't be that much longer and spring will be here. Blessings, Keri

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