when can babies go out of their box and into coop outside??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kaylove, May 11, 2011.

  1. kaylove

    kaylove Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    what age should we be putting baby chicks out in the coop outside??
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    When they are fully feathered (even under their wings), usually around 8 weeks of age. Or, you could put them in the coop WITH a heat lamp, earlier..... just remember to secure that lamp with TWO methods of holding it up safely away from bedding, and the chicks have space to get away from it if they are too warm.
  3. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I've been reading as soon as they have their feathers, at around 6-8 weeks. I'll be putting mine out at 5 weeks, with some supplemental heat as it does get a wee bit chilly here at night still. But, I'm no expert...
    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Mine grow up in the coop. At two or three weeks I found them sleeping in the farthest place from the heat lamp they could get, so I turned it off. Turned it back on at night for a couple of cool nights, then off for good.
  5. Buff-Island-Australorp

    Buff-Island-Australorp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    Bixby, OK
    If your coop can offer everything you would offer them if kept in the house, just put them out in their coop from day one.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

    I've never had chicks in my house, except for a short period of time in the incubator (and Rowdy, the special needs chick). Never plan to either.

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