How long do my chicks have to be inside the house?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sarahbethk, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Sarahbethk

    Sarahbethk Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband says the chicks can't go outside yet but they smell SO bad! I clean their box out everyday but they are really smelly little critters!!! I think they are going on two months old.. isn't that old enough to go outside?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    First, what is your location? Usually by two months they are fully feathered and can go out even when it's real cold, but I'd still give them a lamp for a while.

    I'm in Phoenix and mine go out after one week.
     
  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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  4. dolly85

    dolly85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on where you live and your type of coop. If you live in a colder climate I would suggest having a heat source available for the babies inside the coop. It is very hard on their systems to go from a nice warm house to freezing temps, snow and wind! If you live in California, Florida, or anyplace where the temps are a little more stable then they should be just fine going outside.
     
  5. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Yep, mine got the boot after 7 weeks but not knowing your climate please add a heat lamp. If that's not possible keep the stinkers in at least during night time.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't brood in the house. My 5 day olds are running around in the coop all day. They go under mama at night only. I've seen them run around at this age in below freezing weather.
     
  7. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Quote:Me too! I only raised my very first chicks inside, the rest were hatched by a broody...sometimes in the winter.
     
  8. ginormous chicken

    ginormous chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ditto with everyone. My first batch of chickens in Oct., I looked at the guy in the feed store when he said 8 week. I was like 8 weeks!!![​IMG] But I ended up keeping them 9 weeks to be sure. Yeah, they stink. Air Freshner. I like febreeze! [​IMG]
     
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Our house is for my wife and I.
    I brood in the barn, 'cause that is what barns are for. [​IMG]
     

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