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How old do baby chicks have to be to live outside?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by animal man, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. animal man

    animal man Hatching

    Mar 18, 2017
    My chicks are about 4 weeks old now and i want to know how old they have to be to live out side?

  2. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Songster

    Jun 30, 2015
    Rhode Island
    If it is relatively warm weather, you should wait until they are almost fully feathered to put them outside. Have fun with your chicks!
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2017
  3. PastaChickenBoo

    PastaChickenBoo Songster

    Mar 11, 2017
    Bethesda, MD
    It depends. About six weeks is good for them to start living in a coop.
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  4. cabincreations

    cabincreations In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2015
    Mine go out to the coop as day olds in a brooder out there with a light. We still have a foot or so of snow on the ground, the temps are still down to -15C, I am in Northern Ontario...and I have chicks out there :) They are not as delicate as you think...a good draft free brooder in an insulated henhouse...with a heat light 18" above, deep litter...they are fine. They do hover under the light but they become very hardy chickens

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