Moving chicks to outside brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bullriderswife, May 25, 2019.

  1. bullriderswife

    bullriderswife Chirping

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    Hello everyone!
    I am a new chicken "momma"! I have 4 fully feathered 8 week old chicks that are in my newly finished outside brooder. It has a heat lamp and is fully secure. They have been doing fine.

    I have 25 month old chicks. They are not fully feathered yet. They are getting pretty cramped in their tote inside my house. My question is, If I put another heat lamp in my brooder so it's nice and warm, could I move them there? There is plenty of room for the older chicks to be away from the lamps if they want and not get too hot.

    I guess my question is also two fold. Will the younger chicks be ok in the brooder and will they be ok with the 4 older chicks because they are all quite young?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. AltonaAcres

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    Did you really mean 25 month old chicks?
     
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  3. 21hens-incharge

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    What have the temps been in your area?
    How protected from rain and wind is your brooder?
    How big is your brooder outside?
    Is your coop ready?
    Are there big birds already in the coop?
     
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  4. bullriderswife

    bullriderswife Chirping

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    :he:hit LOL 25, 4 week old chicks... haha They are getting crowded because there are 25 of them. That did sound funny! Sorry about that.
     
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  5. bullriderswife

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    Daytime temps 70, night time lows 45 to 55.
    No rain will get in, wind would be minimal.
    Brooder is an old 4 x 10 utility cart. Inside brooder is 4 feet with a door I can open to let them "out" into the other 4 feet which is covered with hardware cloth. I would not let them out for another month until fully feathered.
    My coop is not ready. Ridiculous mud season hindering progress!
    No big birds, just the 4, 8 week old already in the outside brooder.
     
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  6. 21hens-incharge

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    I would not add another heat lamp. It would be far to hit for any of them.

    In fact I would be turning it off completely during the day.

    I think you will find it getting very cramped very soon with all of them in there. Your 8 week olds will not enjoy the company either. :(

    I would start weaning the 4 week olds off heat too.....yes right away.

    My bantam has 2 chicks with her and even through a solid week of temps not going above 40° while they are quite young....I think they are 3 weeks old now. They are out from under her much more than they are under.
    Yes even in the cold wet air.

    What I am saying is they are a lot tougher than they get credit for.
     
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  7. bullriderswife

    bullriderswife Chirping

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    Thanks so much. I will start weaning them from the heat.

    We have a shed being given to us from our neighbor. We plan to make a large permanent coop. The darn rainy weather has caused a huge set back in moving the shed. They will have a lovely large coop within about 3 weeks I hope.
    I know the brooder is too small, but it it was it is for now.
     
  8. 21hens-incharge

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    I totally understand the mud. Blech!!

    :fl For dry weather for you.
     
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  9. chkva

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    :lau:lau:lau I was like... Ummm did I just read that right
     
  10. bullriderswife

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    Too funny! lol
     
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