Help wanted please

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Becca0, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Becca0

    Becca0 New Egg

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    Just wondered whats the youngest chicks will be okay to be housed outside without needing extra heating etc?
     
  2. Cluky

    Cluky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is there a hen involved? if hen then any time if no hen then when they are fully feathered
     
  3. Becca0

    Becca0 New Egg

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    No hen involved. I did think that would be the case .. Also breeds in mind are modern game bantams and/or silkies
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    In most cases, chicks are fully feathered, and therefore able to be without heat, at 6-8 weeks of age. If the temperatures are bitterly cold (below 25 degrees or so), then they should still have heat, but otherwise, they'll be fine. However, some breeds (like the Silkie) have less insulating feathering, and should be kept heated longer.
     
  5. ChocoClover

    ChocoClover Out Of The Brooder

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    I always wait until chickens have grown in almost all of their feathers and are about 3 pounds (I don't have a really accurate assumption of the weight that I took the light off by, so go more by the feathers). Also, watch them to see if they want the heat or not. If the nights are cold, I would recommend keeping the light a little long than you think you should.
     
  6. zaksmom

    zaksmom New Egg

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    its nearly summer here where i am

    I put 5 week old barred rocks outside during the day and then bring them inside at night as it can get kind of chilly
     
  7. Becca0

    Becca0 New Egg

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    Thanks for all your help :)
     

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