how old do my baby chicks til they go outside?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by eggy n nibbler, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. eggy n nibbler

    eggy n nibbler Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    my name is emma and i have 2 baby chicks who are nearly 6 weeks old and they are nearly all covered with feathers and today i let them run around outside with my supervision off course

    and i was wondering when can i put them outside with my 4 other nearly 4 months old?

    they live in the stare room in the house and they are growing fast

    from em
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    So much depends on your local climate and whether you still provide them some heat, especially at night.
    I move mine from the brooder to the chick receiving pen, in the barn, at 6 weeks. I give them supplemental heat, at night, via a timer. However, they typically don't need it and don't roost under it. By 8 weeks, no heat. They thrive. With good food, full feathers, and the warmth of a dozen of the closest friends, they do nicely.

    Mind you, I do my brooding in spring and fall, not the dead of winter up here.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They should be feathered enough to live outside now, unless you live in an extremely cold climate, by which I mean, Alaska. The question is, will the older ones attack, even kill them? Or were they all running around outside together? The safest way to integrate new chickens is when they are all the same size, though there will still be some shuffling of the pecking order.

    I do wish people would put their general location in their profile.
  4. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. eggy n nibbler

    eggy n nibbler Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    thank you for your help everyone

    well my chick nibbler is bascially full feathered and my other one eggy will need a couple more weeks

    i was wondering if i just held the baby chicks around my other 4 older chicks would that help them at all to getting to know one another or should i wait til they are a lil bit bigger i just dnt want my baby chicks to get hurt or worse killed by the 4 other older ones

    i let them run around yesterday in the grass they were a lil scared at first but they should be better today and i want to get some chicken wire so they can run around more freely

    thanks emma
  6. eggy n nibbler

    eggy n nibbler Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    have a problem guys

    well my coop is like a tiny lil house with a small inclosure which has a roof so that other animals cant hurt them and then in the morning there is a larger enclosure so they can run around but i dnt know where and what to do with the baby chicks when i do take them outside do i make a lil smaller enclosure for the baby chicks with chicken wire?
    im new to this guys and need some serious help!!

    if you guys could show me some pictures and ideas of your chicken coop please that would be great

    thanks emma [​IMG]
  7. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just put my 6 week old chicks into the coop today, in a divided area, where my 20 week olds have been since about age 4 weeks. The temp. here in N. CA tonight is scheduled to be about 45F, but since they are in a coop with other warm bodies, it shouldn't be too cold. In fact, I'm going to set a thermometer in there shortly to compare with outside temp., but they have been in about 60F brooder temps for a while and been happy.
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. Good advice given. [​IMG]

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