How old to free range?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Erin80, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. Erin80

    Erin80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our silkies are 3 weeks right now, and still under a lamp all day and night.....however it is going to be very hot here this week (as high as 102, most days around 85)....I'm wondering if they are too young to go out with the older girls? I'm guessing they are, they still look quite small....and I don't know if they might get lost.
     
  2. ECMurray

    ECMurray Out Of The Brooder

    The only real concern (in my opinion) is if the younger chicks would get bullied by the older chickens. As far as getting lost is concerned, I wouldn't worry. :D Chickens who 'wander off' are usually just taken by predators. If your older chickens don't get lost, there's an even smaller chance your young ones would get lost. In your case, the weather isn't a problem. I wouldn't sweat about the matter . . . Let 'em free range ;)
     
  3. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    I dont think that they are but they are getting close. If you take them out id stay out there with them to make sure that they don't get picked on. And when you do leave them out make sure that you fix them a place that they can run under to get away from the others. This is just my opinion though. Someone else may have a different opinion
     
  4. ECMurray

    ECMurray Out Of The Brooder

    Truth. . . . The pecking order always seems to get in the way of things, doesn't it? ;) For some weird reason, my very young chicks and my older chickens got along fine after I formerly introduced them. :love So I don't usually think about that sort of problem, :lol:
     
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    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    Yes it is I recently had a Broody hen that hatched one chick. All of my other chickens we're okay with it except my smallest hen. she tried to eat it every chance she could
     
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  6. Erin80

    Erin80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are separated at the moment, but can see each other as it is just lattice that is separating them. They share the same coop, but the silkies have a lamp in their section and the big girls have the roosts. One of the big girls flew over the lattice last night, lol, and was in with the littles....she was more concerned about getting back to the other big girls than she was with the babies.
     

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