when can chicks start going out for the day? [New Hampshire]

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mikemason, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. mikemason

    mikemason Hatching

    Apr 17, 2010
    Hooksett, NH
    I tried searching for this .. so sorry if it's been covered...

    my hens are about 5 weeks old... a few wing & tail feathers but still a lot of down.

    when can they go out for the day while I'm at work?

    I read it's when they have all feathers.. ?

    I live in NH so some days it's sunny & hot, others it's windy and only in the 70's

    I made a coop, but right now they live in my kitchen.

  2. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    My Coop
    Do they have shade that is available ALL day? Is their area safe from predators (including hawks)? Remember you're their momma so you MUST protect them. Can they get to a heat source if they need to?
    If you answered NO to any of these questions then I would leave them locked up till they are bigger.
    Welcome to this addiction.
  3. chicknerd

    chicknerd Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Hi Mike

    I live just a few miles away and I have all my chicks (5-10 weeks old) save the 2 week old ones, outside all day rain or shine. I do have an enclosed 3x3x8 run attached to the coop for them. I also have a fenced in yard and a dog that is out all day. I don't worry about leaving them, mostly because of the enclosed run and the dog. I was in Boston all day Friday and they were fine.

    I do give them as much outdoor time as possible.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2010
  4. vtara16

    vtara16 In the Brooder

    Sep 1, 2009
    North Hampton
    I also have mine out all day in the run. I take them in at night, only because I lost a hen a few weeks ago.
  5. tammye

    tammye Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    Hi Mike, I live in NH also, welcome to the wonderful world of raising chickens.

    Are you planning on free ranging them all day? If so I would wait until they are full grown. A hawk can take a small chicken, nerve mind everything else out there, neighbors dogs, cats, a fox, ect...If you have a closed run(covered top also) then, I would guess you could leave them out. But beware a snake or a weasel can get through chicken wire. Good luck, enjoy your girls.

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