Putting brooder outside

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

  1. Downshifting

    Downshifting In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    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.


  2. Lesa

    Lesa Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    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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