OUTSIDE?!?!?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by t-dawg, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. t-dawg

    t-dawg Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm ordering chicks [​IMG], and since my wife doesn't want them in thw house for long, What is the age that chicks can start living in a coop?
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
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    I put mine outside at 5 weeks with a heat lamp. But as long as it's warm outside, you can probably get away with putting them outside at 2 or 3 weeks as long as they have a lamp for heat.
     
  3. redkan

    redkan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were on an enclosed porch from the start. I kept them in a rubbermaid water tank with a blanket over one side and a screen over the other, a heat lamp in the middle. After about 2 weeks I moved the set up to the barn, eventually blanketing only at night (probably at about 4 wks) and then going to just screening. If it was a particularly cold night I'd cover and turn on the lamp.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My chicks were outside from the very start. As long as you have a draft-free place to keep them where you can keep the temp. at the appropriate level for their age, there's nothing that says you have to have them in your house.
     

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