Took my chicks outside today

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jeapa, May 20, 2012.

  1. jeapa

    jeapa Chirping

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    My chicks will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and some of them are already getting some air when they flap their wings. I decided it was time for them to move out of their watermellon box brooder and gave them the entire coop floor as a brooder. I let them play outside in the run for the first time today while I was getting the coop fixed up and they loved it. I am so glad I decided to brood my chicks outside from day 1 as they seem to be growing fast and are feathering out nicely. I have been unplugging their heat lamp from 12:00 noon until 7:00pm for the past 3 days as I don't think they need it during the day anymore.

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    After about 3 hours I put them up in their coop minus the water melon box. They were so pooped out from being outside they all promptly fell a sleep...LOL... Chasing bugs and scratching dirt is hard work.

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  2. GardenGal

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    Those are some happy chicks all right!
     
  3. CDN-Maple

    CDN-Maple In the Brooder

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    Our chicks are about the same age and we took them outside Saturday. It was great to see them explore the green grass, chase bugs and even take little mini dust baths. Funny, like you mentioned, once they were back in the brooder, they were fast asleep.
     
  4. jeapa

    jeapa Chirping

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    They are so fun to watch at this age. I think the chicks are really enjoying the increased space that they have now. My dh is going to build the nest boxes and their perches next weekend though they won't need them for a while yet.
     

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