When can I put the babies outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FarnhamSoaps, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. FarnhamSoaps

    FarnhamSoaps Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I have 2 left... out of 6... pretty good considering....

    Today it was nice and I have them outside in a little pen... they do have a bucket shelter with straw inside the metal "cage".... I'm trying to wean them off being in the house.

    It has been foggy here, so a bit cool at night... but not dipping below 52.

    So, what is the night time temp I should watch for so I can leave them outside and get them aclamated to being outside chickens?

    gini farnham
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  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    At 3-4 weeks old I take them off of heat in my shop and I still have a 60 watt energy efficient light in there but besides that no heat. Then about 4-5 they go outside in a coop with no heat from then. They do well 99% o the time. During the winter I take them off of heat about 4-5 weeks and then they go outside in a coop about 5-6 weeks old depending on the weather. There are a few different ways to do this but I prefer this way.


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  3. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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  4. FarnhamSoaps

    FarnhamSoaps Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't remember their ages....but they are feathered out... they are standing about 4 to 5 inches tall....

    I'm new at chicken rearing....

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  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    If they are feathered out then they should be fine to go outside. You might put a 60 watt light in their coop 3 feet off the ground if it is cold where you are.

    Nate
     
  6. FarnhamSoaps

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    Tonite is supposed to be 56.... is that too cool?
     
  7. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    How warm is the place where they are at now at night?

    Nate
     

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