When can I move my chicks outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by joyful-homemaker, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    central ohio
    I have 5 and 6 weeks old chicks in a brooder in the garage. They have just started to peck at each other today, so I am thinking they are overcrowded. There are 27 of them. I never worried about moving chicks outside before, but I have never raised babies this time of year. It is cold (30's and 40's) at nite and doesnt get up to 70 durring the day. I do have a coup for them and heat lamps, but I am worried it is too soon.

    joyful homemaker
  2. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    If they are feathered the are fine. I would keep the heat lamps on and if they are huddled up beneath it all the time then maybe it is too cold for them. If they don't then they will be fine.
  3. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    Mine were 5 1/2 weeks when I moved them outside. I have a mini coop for them, and I've got a 50W IR in it, on a timer. This weekend we had cold rainy weather so I also hung a 250W IR in the run, so they could still come out. They seem to be doing fine.
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Mine were 4 weeks old when we moved them outside, however, they are in a seperate brooder in the hen house. Still outside, but not really.
  5. quizzle

    quizzle In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Mine were outside full time at 8 weeks. The coop does not have a heater. I checked on them the first couple of nights, but there were protesting my flashlight more than the cold. It got into the 50's at night.

    Before that I got them from a lady who had them outside from when they were about 1 month. They ran in the outside pen during the day and went into a coop with a large open door at night.

    I had another that I started talking outside at 3-4 weeks (she had most of her wing feathers and her back feathers were just coming in) during the day and then would bring her back in the brooder at night. She was the youngest and just wanted to be with the other older girls. She was thriving, growing well and holding her own against the others who were a couple weeks older.

    I think if you put them out during the day in a larger space they will peck each other less when you put them in at night. Mine just went straight to bed.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2008
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Joyful, my chicks started out in a shed from day one. Of course they had heat lamps. It was early April.
    Baby chicks don't have to start out living in the house, not if you've got a predator-proof coop that you can keep to the proper temperature.

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