Putting brooder outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Downshifting, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Downshifting

    Downshifting Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm interested in hearing thoughts on moving my brooder outside. I have a covered area where I can put them. The brooder is cat proof so I'm comfortable that it will be any other preditor proof as well. I'm going to place it near my house and I have a fenced in yard so I don't typically get any outside critters in my yard.

    They were hatched on June 1st, so they are 3 weeks old now. Most are feathered out pretty well on their bodies...not their heads. I live in NC and daytime temps around here are in the 90's (already-ugh!)...so I'm not terribly concerned about them during day...however, night-time temps are in the low to mid 70's. I could run an extension cord and put a light on them at night if needed...but with 25 in the brooder, I'm thinking that they would probably be okay.

    Thoughts???

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you are okay, during the day. Could you bring the entire setup in at night? If not, I would run the light out there. You don't want them suffocating from piling up on each other... I think at their age it is still recommended that they be around 80 degrees, right? Good luck!
     

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