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When can I put them outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CrazyFowlFreak, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

    Apr 24, 2009
    WV
    I have two four week old Silkies that are out of the brooder with no light. Can I put them in their hutch in the garage now with a light? I'm in WV and it's been around 40', but we're expecting snow this week. Thanks!
     
  2. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    How warm is it in the garage under the light? You can put them out if it's the same as they're at now. I'm going to say I *doubt* they'll be ready for another 2-3 weeks but it's going to depend on your garage.
     
  3. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

    Apr 24, 2009
    WV
    It's an unheated garage. I keep my Silkies and OEGBs out there. They will be in a rabbit hutch with a heat lamp. Think that'll be alright? Thanks!
     
  4. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jun 8, 2009
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    I think you should be fine. keeping them dry is really important. I live in WV also and just moved mine out at about 6 weeks old and they are doing well. I have a 7' x 4' coop for them with two heat lamps. I use only one during the 30- 50 deg temps and on the really cold nights where the temps will fall less that 30... I plug in the second heat lamp for a few days. One lamp is 125 watt and one is 250 watt. I haven't used the 250 watt for a week or so but might plug it back in for the cold coming this weekend.

    Good luck!!
     
  5. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

    Apr 24, 2009
    WV
    Great info, thank you! They are in the Double Deluxe Rabbit Hutch, so they'll be just fine. [​IMG]
     
  6. huckleberryfarm

    huckleberryfarm Chickenista

    Jan 7, 2010
    Greenwood, SC
    I have my 4-wk old silkies out in my unheated garage in a rabbit hutch with a heat light. These are my first chicks so I don't know any better! But they have been there since I got them a week ago and they're fine. It's not terribly warm out there but they don't seem to be huddled under the lamp. I need to move them out to the coop in two weeks so I think we're on the right track. It's been in the 30's here at night.
     

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