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

  1. t-dawg

    t-dawg In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2008
    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 Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    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 Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Central Maine
    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!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    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.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: