Keeping chickens outside 24/7??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by erinphelps, May 28, 2017.

  1. erinphelps

    erinphelps Just Hatched

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    I have 5 silkie chickens about 6 weeks old and I'm just wondering when I can keep them outside 24/7. Are they too young to keep outside? As of right now it is a low of 50°F at night and high of 80°F during the day.
     
  2. KikisGirls

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    The question is..do you have a secure coop for them?
     
  3. erinphelps

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    I have a coop and surrounding fence that's enclosed. I would keep them in the chicken coop at night then let them roam in the small fence surrounding it during the day. It looks something like this:
     

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  4. KikisGirls

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    Is it predator proof?
    I guess you won't really know until you try it but...if you can post a few pictures we can give you some pointers as to whether it is or not.

    You would hate putting your chicks out and have something kill them the first night.
     
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  6. Dawnclucks22

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    They should be fine if they're fully feathered. Just make sure you have a secure coop. We let our chickens run around during the day and shut them in at night.
     
  7. erinphelps

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    They are 6 weeks old... is that too young to be outside? They seem to be almost fully feathered.
     

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    This is about how big they are and how feathered they are
     

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  10. KikisGirls

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    Chicks are hatched outside...
    it's not too young.
     

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