Out or In?

out or in at night?

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In the Brooder
Mar 22, 2018
Hello Peeps! We have hatched some chicks this past February, RI.Red/Barred and Ameraucana cross. They will be 6 weeks as of Friday and Saturday. They seem to be fully feathered, except for around the eyes and top of thighs, where their wings cover. Although being spring here in New England temps have been just peeking over 40 during the day and high 20's to low 30's at night. Not a fan of babying my chicks but we have never had chicks so early in spring be feathered and such low temps. Really want to get them out in their coop for good, and wondering if others have tried with similar conditions? I do not and have never given my chicks or chickens a light once feathered and outside. Wanting them out but not wanting them to freeze, coops are draft free and shut up every night. View attachment 1306857
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Foster's Freehold

8 Years
Jun 7, 2013
South Central KY
Are they still on light in the brooder? If so, wean them off this week.

Mine are about 5 wks old, feathered out. I weaned off light at 3 wks, moved them to a wire dogcrate in the coop at 4 wks. The other night we had 26 degrees and wet snow/rain mix. I put a used dogbed fleece over them since they weren't having anything to do with a huddle box and they did fine.

Once weaned off light heat, they should do fine as long as they are dry and have no drafts to hit them.

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