playing outside for a few minutes??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MNmommy, May 3, 2009.

  1. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    central MN
    My chicks turn 4 weeks tomorrow and are quite feathered out so I was wondering if I could bring them outside for 5-10 minutes today to play in the grass? It is going to be close to 70 degrees today and sunny. I just want to make sure they will be ok for a little while. Or should I wait another week?
  2. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I started taking mine out at 3 weeks I think. For an hour or so a day. We would dig up termites and bugs for them and they would go crazy!! They love to be outside. I think you should.
  3. love4mychick

    love4mychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    i took my chicks out at 2 weeks old for a whole day and they are 3weeks today and they are in there coop out side now so i would say go ahead and do it [​IMG]
  4. mtcougar832

    mtcougar832 Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2008
    Northwest Montana
    Mine are outside (almost 5 & 6 weeks) and its been in the 60s - they are having a great time - even found a worm (that was funny).
  5. raspeary

    raspeary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cortland New York
    My cornish rocks went out for a couple hours a day around 3 weeks old, when i was brave enough to let them out of their brooder and I was sure I could recatch them. My Rhode Island Reds have been going out since 2 weeks for a couple hours a day again, these guys are more fiesty than the cornishes so i made sure i could catch them. They love the outside, i just wouldn't leave them unattended if they are loose. They probably be ok in a coop by themselves
  6. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    As long as its dry and moderately warm (60's and up) I would say go ahead. I usually start putting mine out at 3 weeks. The silkies have to stay in a little longer but thats cause they don't have feathers like most other chickens.
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I took mine outside at a week, but it was 90 in the sunshine so plenty warm.
  8. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    I say go for it. I've had my 3 weels olds out during the day for the past week. Yesterday, it was even close to 50 degrees and they still wanted to go out. After a while, they'd get cold and go back into the coop to warm up under the light and take a nap but when they woke they went right back out. Even my chicks under a week old come out for a few minutes.
  9. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    I want to do this, but can't figure out a way to keep them 'contained' in the yard...(our immediate back yard is 5 acres) and I don't want to chase chicks all over the place (too many hiding spots!) soooo not sure what to use to keep them contained...suggestions???

    my friend was going to lend me her X-pen, but she's at a dog show this weekend and I'm not sure if the holes are too big (allowing the chicks to slip thru and get out?)
  10. mtcougar832

    mtcougar832 Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2008
    Northwest Montana
    Quote:Yeah I let the big girls out and the little ones get the run - they are still tough to catch, but my hubby (who plays gruff but is really sweet) and sons had them eating from their hands yesterday, so maybe there is hope!

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