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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by blueseal, May 4, 2009.
Mine are a week old and they only have their wing feathers.
average is about 8 weeks
it takes about 8 weeks, but they can go out on warm days for a little while when they are 4 weeks of age. william
My BSL's went outside 24/7 at three weeks. Two weeks later and doing fine.
Mine must not be fully feathered, but they have a lot of feathers.
Mine went out at 3 weeks with only wing, tail and chest feathers but they went with the broody hen. At four weeks they still sleep under her which is hilarious because they are large breed and she is a silkie/cochin x so she is a medium size chicken. Those 2 chicks at 4 weeks are about 1/2 as big as she is. It looks like she is riding them. Very funny!
Since most of you are down south ... what are your temperatures like ... during the day and night?
I've read that temperatures should be no less than 65 degrees. I've got 40 degree nights still in Vermont and concerned that I still need to wait. Or is having a 250 heat lamp OK with 40 degree nights?
Lately been 80's during the day and 65ish at night.
I would think that the more chicks you have, the warmer they could keep each other.
At a week old I took the corral, lamp and water outside and sit and read while they scratch around in the grass. I only leave them out for an hour or two though and you have to watch them b/c they are still helpless against predators.
Quote:You did not say how old yours are, but they should be fine with a heat lamp at 40 degrees. Might want to have two in case a bulb burns out.