Outside in the coop or too soon?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jess21687, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Jess21687

    Jess21687 In the Brooder

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    Hey everyone! We have an outdoor coop and chicks that will be 6 weeks on Saturday. Some have a LOT of feathers and one has some spots not filled in. Right now they’re inside with no heat lamp and the house is set at 68. We live near Madison, Wisconsin and the days are in the 40/50s but the nights are still pretty chilly. The coop is staying in the 50/60s. When do you think we’d be ok to put them out there all night with a light and then without a light?
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    8 weeks is usually when chics get well feathered out. You can start acclimating them to the outdoor during the day, and take in at night. In 2 more weeks the outdoors will also be warmer. Hope this gives you some ideas/guide.
    WISHING YOU BEST.... and :welcome
     
  3. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    I've had my 5.5 week old chicks out in their coop since they were 1 week old with a heater plate. It's gotten down to the low 20's at night here during that time. They are just fine.
     
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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    My chicks wean themselves off heat at 4 - 5 weeks of age. They are brooded in a coop with a MHP. Temps when they wean off heat are 30's at night to 50 - 50's during the day. Your first step would be to put them in the coop all day for a few days, then leave them over night. Are they in a room that you can close off and open the window to help them get hardened off to cooler weather?
     
  5. Jess21687

    Jess21687 In the Brooder

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    Do you open the run during the day and let them out to play and then keep the light on if they need to warm up?
     
  6. Jess21687

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    Not really without wasting heat for the house but we can let them outside for some of the day.
     
  7. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    It's been too cold and wet to let them outside. Plus I don't have a containment area for them at the moment. I don't use lamps they are VERY dangerous. I nearly set a fire to my coop with a lamp last winter. I use a premier1 heater plate. They duck under that like they would under a mama hen when they need to get warm and pop out to get food and water when they need it. I'll be moving them to a mobile setup within my chicken paddock once they feather out or it gets warm enough for them to do without the heater plate. Once they feather out, they should be able to keep themselves warm in a huddle box at night.
     
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  8. If you're not in a hurry why not give them a couple more weeks and know for sure they will be fine and hopefully the outdoor temperatures will be better for them. After putting in the time to get them this far why take a chance? Good Luck
     
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  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Start getting them used to the outside temps with field trips to their coop/run. Start with a short period of time and work your way up to them being outside all day. If you can move their brooder to an unheated space, like a garage or shed, it will help them adjust a bit faster.
     
  10. orrpeople

    orrpeople Grading essays - be back soon!

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    Yes on the gradual exposure to the outdoors... it's all relative. Birds the age of yours are usually fine outside - but since yours have been in, they'll need transition time for acclimation to new Temps and conditions.
    Best wishes for you and your chooks!
     
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