I have read many posts on here regarding putting baby chicks outside, most seem to feel the chicks must be fully feathered. Here are my thoughts, and I would like to hear discussion on this. After observing my Broody Hen mothers I realized these chicks do not stay anywhere near 95 degrees on the first week. However they are likely warmed to that temp several times a day. Over the summer with hot days and mild nights I successfully put chicks outside after a week several times. (after a couple of days, during warm to hot days, and then put them in a box at night). I only put them out in groups of 8-10, so they keep each other warm. I find the chicks who get outside earlier are usually hardier and dominate the chicks who for whatever reason stay in the brooder longer. The nights are now getting cooler, and I don't think I will get away with 1 week, but I am wondering if anyone else puts there chicks out long before they are fully feathered. (In the middle of the winter, I would definitely wait until fully feathered) Why when talking about chicks outside do people never talk about weather, conditions, number of chicks, etc?