When can chicks live outside?

swimmom

Songster
10 Years
Apr 7, 2009
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Carolinas
What is the recommendation for the age at which chicks can live outside permanantly? We're in the south so nighttime temps are around 65 degrees right now. The chicks currently spend the majority of the day outside and come in to the brooder at night. Thanks.
 

Gonzo

Songster
10 Years
May 25, 2009
3,718
14
201
Southwestern, In
ours are 6 weeks old, and we stuck their little butts out in the coop last week. It gets down in the 50's at night here. I keep a heat lamp on at night for them. They forage outside most of the day... They're doing great! As long as they have a heat source at night, they'll be fine.
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Maine-ly

In the Brooder
11 Years
Dec 11, 2008
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gonzo&hispeeps :

ours are 6 weeks old, and we stuck their little butts out in the coop last week. It gets down in the 50's at night here. I keep a heat lamp on at night for them. They forage outside most of the day... They're doing great! As long as they have a heat source at night, they'll be fine.
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This is helpful. My chicks are about one week younger than yours and I was planning on putting them out next week.​
 

Alyssandra

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 22, 2009
68
0
39
snohomish, WA
I put mine out at about 6-7 weeks with no heat lamp....they where really well feathered and we had some warm weather here (washington state) and they did just fine...we have had weather in upper 60's for high and mid 50's for low for a couple of day's and they are just fine at 8/9 weeks....
 

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