Ready for outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by new4eggs, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. new4eggs

    new4eggs Hatching

    Dec 21, 2010
    I have 20 chicks there are two weeks old and making a mess in the house and noisy! they have grown nice looking feathers, at what age and point should they be transferred outside? I am in Fallon, Nevada and the current temps range from 44 deg in the day to 20's at night and may drop down to the 10's in the mountains here.
    I think the overnight temps might be to cold even with an heating lamp in the coop which is 8x8 but I need some help with this as this is my first batch of chickens and new to it all.
    If I can't move them out permanent could I put them out there in the day when the temp is in the 40's and sun is out and bring them in house at night or would they survive an all nighter?

    Please help a confused mind
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I would certainly try them out there during the day, at least. Just monitor the situation. They will be OK unless they pile on top of each other, smothering the ones at the bottom. You probably won't be able to maintain recommended brooder temps, but that doesn't mean they won't survive it and do just fine. Mine have been out and about all day since they were a week old. Their mama keeps them warm at night, but they stopped going under her during the day pretty early. We're not as cold as you, quite, although we were having a cold snap that week and our temps were in the teens and 20's at night.
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  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    If the sun is out, they may be ok during the day, but they are not fully feathered until they are 8 weeks. And they should not be outside this time of year before they are fully feathered. If there is wind during the day, I would say no, but if it is sunny and calm, then they will have a blast.
  4. TrystInn

    TrystInn Songster

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    You really shouldn't put them outside until they are at least 2 months old, so they are fully feathered and protected from cocci. Before then, you're just asking for losses, really. Your chicks are nowhere near ready for 40 degree weather.

    If you need to, expand the brooder. If you can set one up in your coop, where they are still under infrared heat lamps, out of the wind, etc. then that's probably okay but you need to check the temps.

    Here's how this breaks down:

    1st week of life, chicks need to be about 95F.
    2nd week of life, 90F.
    3rd week, 85F.
    4th week, 80F.
    5th week, 75F.
    6th week, 70F.
    7th week, 65F.
    8th week, 60F.
    9th week, 55F.
    10th week, 50F.
    11th week, 45F.
    12th week, 40F.

    So its going to be at least, 2.5 more months before they are ready to be out in your weather.
  5. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    I put the last of my Bantam Wellies out today.

    Been worried since the sun went down, but they haven't been under lights for week and the brooder is in a cold garage. Figured cold fresh air was better.
  6. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Songster

    Oct 5, 2010
    Pacific NW
    My hatchery variety Delawares have been in their outside (heated) brooder since the day I received them (three days old). They have had free access to the outside elements since two weeks old (during the day). It got below freezing when they were less than three weeks old. They play outside in the high winds, rain and even hail, lol.


    ETA: Your number of chicks is great for creation of mass body heat. Get yourself at least TWO heat lamps for the coop. Hang them double-secured from the ceiling/etc and adjust so that a couple inches off the ground is the ideal temp. Chain-link works great for hanging the lamps (with a separate rope/cord tied off to keep the lamp from falling all the way to the floor and causing a fire). Set this up and wait a day or two or three, before bothering with an "accurate" temperature reading via a thermometer.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2011

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