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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FirstTimeChickMama, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. FirstTimeChickMama

    FirstTimeChickMama Hatching

    Apr 3, 2009
    I am trying to read the board as much as I can, but I have a few questions to start. On march 8, I purchased three rhode island red chicks and three black sex link pullets (I am hoping to goodness none of them turn out to be roosters! I am in the city and will be fined!).
    I do not know how old they were when I got them...maybe a few days?? I have had them inside under a heat lamp, gradually raising the lamp and lowering the temp. They are feathered except for their heads (and one looks pretty pitiful, like she is molting).

    They are outgrowing their brooder condo [​IMG] and I really want to get them outside soon (once the chicken coop is finished this weekend.
    Right now, the temp is in the high 40's to 50's during the day (I am in WA state) and low 30's at night.

    Should I let them out during the day and bring them in at night? Should I put the light outside in their house (it's a really big dog house) and put them in their house at night and out during the day?
    Are they still too young? Their cheeping is starting to drive me a tad crazy [​IMG] LOL

    Any chick rearing advice is gratefully accepted! Thank you for being here!!

  2. EC

    EC In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2009
    I would put them out when they were a little older (6 weeks), in the day, when it is 50F and up, and take them in at night.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Initially I put my brooder in the coop and put a heat lamp in there.
  4. ChickenMitch

    ChickenMitch In the Brooder

    May 14, 2008
    I have 11 4-week old chicks, and 23 2 to 3- week old chicks in the house.
    I usually wiat about 6 to 8 weeks of age until i put them outside.
    But they should be fine during the day with the light but I wouldn't leave them outside at night. That's way to cold![​IMG]

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