Old enough to crow, outside they go?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tnmommy, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. tnmommy

    tnmommy Songster 5 Years

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    My chicks are 8 weeks old, fully feathered. I guess I'm just being a worried mama, but I wanted to keep them indoors until they were bigger. My Easter Eggers went out into my hoop coop at 12 weeks. Well, my Olive Egger cockerel has found his voice and the chicks need to go out. Do they need a heat lamp?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging 6 Years

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    No heat lamp unless the outside temps are way cold, and then just in one corner for a very few days, so the chicks acclimate. mary
     
  3. rainbowrooster

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    The use of a heat lamp will be determined by your out side temps, especially at night. I have several young birds outside now with 2 heat lamps. Both lamps are only 150 watts but one is on a timer shuts off during the warmest part of the day.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    x2. "Way cold" being below freezing.
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I know that feeling one of mine just started trying to crow at 6 weeks. He's getting stronger so I am in trouble! He's nice enough though that so far he waits until I am up and moving around before he practices...lol. then, it's just 3 or 4 times.
     

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