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How long to keep inside house before putting out in run/coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EdistoChicks, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. EdistoChicks

    EdistoChicks Songster

    Feb 18, 2010
    Edisto Island, SC
    This is my second batch of babies. The first ones were gotten in March so they needed to stay in a brooder inside until 6 weeks. How many weeks should I keep them indoors in the summer? We live in SC where the temps can get pretty high. I was thinking I would wait until they are at least 3 weeks old. I have a orpington female that most likely will mother them. Thank you [​IMG]
  2. mcostas

    mcostas Chirping

    Aug 2, 2010
    I live right below you in savannah and am interested in the answer as well. Hopefully I will be picking up some chicks this weekend! I have a chicken tractor made, and got some boxes for indoors. I'm not sure how little the babies are yet.
  3. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    they can go outside at 3 weeks. [​IMG] Be careful because other chickens normally take a while to get used to new flock members it would be terrible if they hurt one of your babies.
  4. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Songster

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    My 5 Barren Rock chicks are now 5 weeks old. I have a coop and run built for them but they seem so small to be outside all the time. Last night we had severe storms, wind and rain so we kept them in. I plan for another week then out they go for good.
  5. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster 8 Years

    Dec 6, 2009
    Id wait till they are four weeks. For some reason that has always been a requirement for my chicks.
  6. Robo

    Robo Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    I put mine out at 4 - 5 weeks.
  7. ekemily

    ekemily Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Fairhope, AL
    One of the reasons I don't put mine out early is because we have many snakes around that would love to eat them at 3 weeks.
  8. Robo

    Robo Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Snakes almost took my whole flock. My .38 took care of em.
  9. BackToMyRoots

    BackToMyRoots Chirping

    Jun 29, 2010
    Matthews, NC
    I've heard four weeks for a NC summer, so SC should be even warmer.
  10. serena763

    serena763 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2010
    I put mine outside at 3 weeks due to me getting 3x my original order and the brooder being too small for all my little fuzzy butts! They did very well and enjoyed the extra room they had. I did keep my 2 German Shepherds outside to keep the critters away from the coop. They are all alive and well at 7 weeks!

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