How early can day olds spend time outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by makybe, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. makybe

    makybe Out Of The Brooder

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    I have hatched a mixed lot of chicks and was wondering how old do they have to be before they can spend a few hours outside?
    They have a secure large cage they can go into. Our temps are around 70 during the day.
    What do other forum members do?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    70? Wow, nice. edited - Ah, I see you're in Aussie


    Honestly, consider chicks raised under a hen - They spend time outside in the weather no matter the age. [​IMG] What I do is by the time they're 3 weeks old, they have access to leave whatever heating they are offered, and allowed to explore a confined outdoor or non-heated area. I like getting my chicks used to their normal climate as early as I can, but on a voluntary level. If they think it's too cold, they can stay under the lamps. The same as a chick can stay under its hen [​IMG]
     
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  3. sy7up

    sy7up Out Of The Brooder

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    How sweet, if it's warm and the preety mothers with them I'd let them stay out for a little while, my easter chick was raised in the box in the house she stayed in till she was almost a week and I would let her out for about 20mins at a time.hope this helps.
     

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