Raising indoors; sunshine & vit d?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tracyree, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Tracyree

    Tracyree Songster

    May 6, 2011
    I have my chicks indoors, they're 1 1/2 weeks old. What bout sunshine and vitamin d? Re they ok without it until they are old enough to live outside?
  2. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    Lancaster County, PA
    I don't know where you live, but it is probably warm enough for you to take them outside now for a little while each day. They are still small though, so make sure you watch them like a hawk (so to speak) so no harm comes to them. I'm not sure if chickens need sunshine or not, but I always take my little ones out because it seems like the right thing to do, it lets them pick up small stones which they need for digestion, and it exposes them to the organisms in my soil. Just my two cents.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2011
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

    Warm, sunny days without too much wind, why not take them outside for some sunshine and vitamin D?

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