Taking baby chicks outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stone_family3, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    How long do they usually stay out if a hen is raising them? If there is no hen how long do you let them stay out in the fresh air?

    They would have food and plenty of water, and they would be shielded from the wind.

    *Forgot to add they are a week old*
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2012
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    You did not say how old they are so I am assuming they are around 6 weeks. So that being said I would from 5 weeks on with Spring and Day Light Savings around the corner allow them out from the AM until the dark time as long as there is a perch that is out of the sun and undercover is around there too. Water and food like you said and PREDATOR PROOF!!
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Oh sorry they are a week old and it's predator proof. I know they can't stay out all day.

  4. cooped up

    cooped up Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2012
    Portland, Or
    If being raised by a hen, the hen will know what is best. I haven't hardly thought about taking my chicks away from the heat lamp. My 3 week old chicks are at 70 degrees or so and we haven't had weather to match yet, Since they are not fully feathered I might take them out for a while if it reaches 60 deg. or so. Once the feathers fill in more, they will get more outside time.
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Well I gave in and took them outside, put them in a cage in the sun with plenty of water and sprinkled some food out there for them and they loved it.

    I checked on them after about 10 minutes expecting them to be huddled together and they were all spread out sunbathing :)

    I did block the wind from them.

    They did get mad when I brought them in peeping and pecking at me. So maybe tomorrow if it gets warm enough I'll put them back out.
  6. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 3.5 week olds went outside today too. It was about 45 degrees and a chilly breeze. They were out for maybe 10 minutes.
  7. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    my 4 wks olds have been going outside twice a day for about 30 min. not today, a crazy wind. at first only the buff orpingtons wanted to come out. now, as soon as they hear me messing with the pop door they all cram against it & they just fall out when it opens. they run in & out as they please. if it's chilly some are soon back inside. the buffs don't go inside until they're made to. i have a temporary coral they can play in & i have a chair i sit in (can't leave them alone - not predator proof yet)

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