How soon would you let them join the others outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by smileysjs1, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. smileysjs1

    smileysjs1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 12, 2008
    I just hatched two chicks two weeks ago. They are inside a rabbit cage in my house. I was wondering when I can let them be with my older pullets outside who are 12 and 17 weeks old?
  2. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    How cold is it outside? Do you have a separate area to keep the chicks in if a problem arises? actually, you should keep chicks under the heat lamp until they feather out, IE about 6 weeks.
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    imho, since there is such a big age/size difference, I'd wait until they are nearly grown to the size of the outdoor birds to put them together. Besides, at 2 weeks, they are not nearly feathered enough to go outside this time of the year. However, once they are feathered, at 2-3 months, you could put them outside but separated from the larger/older birds.

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