when can baby chicks be set in grass for short spurts?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by libbybeth, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. libbybeth

    libbybeth In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2007
    Corydon, IN
    my babies are a little over two weeks old now. We are keeping them in a cage brooder with a heat lamp in our garage. The lamp goes off during day and back on at night. I let them out of the cage while still in the garage during the evening when I'm home to let them run around and to play with them. My question is, is it to early for me to take the whole cage out and set it in the grass to let them have fun pecking and scratching and nibbling at greens? I would superivse these outings of course!

    Second question is when can I stop having the heat lamp on at night? I worry about these little gals so much -- I'm always afraid I'm going to do the wrong thing and make one ill!
  2. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Chicks raised by a hen go out onto grass and dirt on their first day out of the nest. It's fine.

    Turn off the heat lamp when the ambient night time temp is about the same as the heat you're supposed to be providing them according to the "drop temp 5 degrees per week" formula. Either that, or when you notice they don't want it anymore at night (they perch as far away from the heat lamp as possible).
  3. kenora44

    kenora44 In the Brooder

    May 5, 2010
    I could be totally wrong on this but.....I just got my first batch of chicks and they were outside when they were a week old. Temp was close to 40 C outside. Dont think I would put them out today its 15C. They enjoyed the grass, sun and digging their feet. Not sure if it was the right thing to do but they seemed to react so happy to spread their wings, I think it benefited them.
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Its warm enough here so I put mine out at 9 days old. I used the heat lamp for the first few nights and then only turned it on right before dark so it would be warm in the coop and turned it off when it was time for them to go to roost. They are 3 1/2 wks old now and doing great. They love being outside; much more for them to do. You can always just put them out in a little pen to see how they do and take them back in if you are concerned...
  5. NHchicks

    NHchicks Songster

    May 13, 2010
    I was surprised my mama hen had her chicks outside from day 2. They didn't look cold at all. But at night they sure like to snuggle up under mama.
  6. libbybeth

    libbybeth In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2007
    Corydon, IN
    Thanks for all of your suggestions! I'm going to take them out and give them grass access as soon as I get home from work tonight! I can't wait.

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