What age can my chicks stay outside overnite

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coolchange, May 28, 2007.

  1. coolchange

    coolchange In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2007
    I have 4 chicks that are 5 weeks old and 2 that are 4 weeks old. I live in north Florida where the temperatures at night are around 65 degrees. I put them in an outside pen in the morning and have been bringing them in every night. I am wondering if they would be old enough to stay out at night or should I keep bringing them in at night? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  2. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Songster

    May 26, 2007
    Mine are 4 weeks old and last night was thier first night spent in the coop!
    (they did better than I did)-lol:barnie
    Today they are HAPPY GIRLS!!!
    We live in NJ and our night time temps are about the same. Tonight I think it's suppose to be around 59- 60 degrees.
    Just in case I did leave a lamp w/ a 60 watt bulb in there. But when I peeked in to check on the kids-(lol) They had gone to roost.[​IMG]
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  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I have 2 silkies that have been outside in the dog run since they were 3 weeks old. They sleep in a large kitty litter lid filled with hay. I live in Ocala so the weather is fine for them to be outside right now.
  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    My babes are 4 weeks and they've been out for 2 nights now. I'm in central NC and it's 95 during the day and very humid so at night when it's about 60-65 they love it. I think yours would be fine outside at night.
  5. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    My youngest are just now 3 weeks old and they've been in the coop with the 'older chicks' for almost a week. Our night time temps are about the same as yours now, and they've been just fine and happily roost at night and free range with the 'big birds' all day. [​IMG]
  6. Dzzzyd

    Dzzzyd In the Brooder

    May 9, 2007
    Klamath Falls, Oregon
    I'm still waiting out here as it's still in the 40's at night. I put mine out in the morning with these temps. and so she is getting used to cool, but it warms up quick. I am guessing she is about 4 weeks old right now. She is getting so tame. When I call her to come in at night she comes right to me now and hops right up in my hand. I have to be careful cause she wants to jump on my shoulder. I'm afraid she might fall off and a dog might grab her.
  7. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    Maybe I'm crazy, but I put 4, 5 and 6 week olds into the coop at high 20's, low 30's at night. They had a very snug coop, 100w lamp, and plenty of shavings and bedding straw. They did great from the start and never seemed to worry about it. The youngest two refused to leave the coop until 10am most mornings, but the oldest were out with frost on the ground even at 6 weeks old. They were far more resilient than I thought!


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