Keeping chicks outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Natalie65803, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Natalie65803

    Natalie65803 New Egg

    Jun 16, 2011
    Can I keep a two day old chick with a pair of 4 week old hens? Can I keep them outside in a coop or does the chick need to be inside. Temps here are in upper 80's in the daytime lower 70's at night.
  2. alaskanchicken

    alaskanchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    I wouldn't. Do you just have the one little one? It might get lonely. It probably still needs a heat lamp, even with it being 70 at night. Do you have them in a coop? I would worry about preditors too. It is pretty easy to rig up a plastic bin with a light for a brooder.
  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    the first week chicks need to stay pretty consistently at 90 degrees F. If they were being raise by a hen mom they spend a lot of time under the hens feathers.

    four week old chicks can peck at a one week old chick and seriously hurt her.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011

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