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wellsummer chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Reddirt Okie, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. Reddirt Okie

    Reddirt Okie New Egg

    Oct 17, 2015
    Hello, i am new here.. I bought 25 wellsummer chicks ( females ) from stromberg nursery. They all arrived healthy and chirping. They are doing great, I built a brooder box (wire and wood) and keep them warm 70 - 80 degrees.. when should I take them out of the brooder and let them go free in the chicken house? I have let them out on the ground twice for a few minutes, they seem to prefer the brooder box.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    It is best to put chicks on the ground at about 2-4 months. If you have further questions, post in the "Raising Baby Chicks" section.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Good luck with your chicks!
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    You start the heat at about 85 to 90 degrees, then reduce 5 to 10 degrees each week until you are at ambient temperature.

    How soon you can get them out depends on the weather...you are brooding in late fall, so you may have to wait longer before it is safe to put them out. They must be fully feathered and pre-conditioned to the ambient temperature before letting them out, and always out of direct inclement weather (rain/snow/drafts) until they are really stabalized.

    On the other hand, a broody hen will have them out in freezing weather by day 3 to 5, and they do just fine, growing into vigorous birds oblivious to the elements...but my heat lamp brooded chicks get used to the higher un-natural temperature and I have a harder time getting them out to the natural outdoors so must work at acclimating them.

    My 2 cents...and yes, any further questions should be addressed to raising chick thread.


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