How old must they be??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DUCKGIRL89, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So in spring im getting my FIRST few chicks, im really excited and already getting ready for them! My question is, how old must these babies be to go outside?
     
  2. shanilynn2010

    shanilynn2010 Out Of The Brooder

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    Four to five weeks they have to be fully feathered!
     
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Once they are feathered they can go out UNLESS it's really cold out still-then you might need to use a heat lamp for a short time.
     
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Generally, when they have fully feathered out at around 6 weeks. If the nighttime temps are warm enough, they can go out earlier though. Say your night time temps are around 65-70. If there is 4 or more they can pretty much keep warm by snuggling up together so long as they have a place that isn't drafty by 4 weeks.
     
  5. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Thanks guys! Me and my mom are making a draft free coop soon!
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    They don't need to be indoors at all, they just need to be warm enough. Depends on your setup.
     

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