Take em out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mochicken, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    I have some chicks that are around 5 weeks old, fully feathered and eating and drinking fine. I know people beat this to death but can I put them outside? They are inside and its nice and toasty in here lol, at night we have been in the 30's and the 50's during the day would be a warm day. Should I put them out in a heated coop with access to a fenced run?
     
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You want to avoid extreme, sudden temperature shifts because that's stressful. I would avoid a sudden temperature shift of 20 or more degrees.

    So, if your indoor temp is 70, put them out in the coop only if there's a warm spot there at 50 degrees or so. One thing you could do is gradually acclimate them to the coop during the day, bringing them back indoors at night.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Put them out and provide a supplemental heat source from which you can gradually wean them.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    besides the dust, that's why I never keep birds inside. They need to acclimate.
     
  5. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    Yeah I converting a 6ftx6ft shed outside to a 3 level brooder with a ceramic heater but I have a back injury and cant work on it right now [​IMG]
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sourland can relate to the back injury and how it can impede a person.[​IMG]
     

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