Keeping chicks outside

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

  1. Natalie65803

    Natalie65803 New Egg

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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