how long to keep ducklings and chicks inside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lach Cnoc Farm, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Lach Cnoc Farm

    Lach Cnoc Farm Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Western Washington
    How long does everyone normally keep their chicks and ducklings inside & in the brooder?

    I have chicks and muscovy ducklings in the brooder. I put them outside today in a small rabbit run since it was so warm. i didnt get home til after it was dark ( i hurried!) but they seemed to be okay, all huddled together, but i could tell they wanted their warm light back.

    the ducklings are almost 2 weeks old and the chicks are almost 3 weeks old.

  2. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    You'll get different answers from different folks. I think most here would say to keep a light with them (at least at night) until their back is fully feathered. Hypothetically, if you've been following the 5 degree weekly drop the temp should be around 80-85 degrees. If, like me and many others, you just want them out of the house, another option is to get the coop made and set them up in it with heat.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  3. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    I have 6 week old chicks outside in an insulated coop and I still have their 250 wt red light on all night. I have it raised up 4 foot and when I peek in at them I do see 4 of the smaller ones and a couple of larger ones sleeping under the lamp. Until it is 45 degrees outside at night I will keep turning their heat lamp on.

    I know it probably not necessary but i dont want to take any chances. It warms my heart to see the smaller ones that only have 1/2 of their feathers sleeping under it.

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