When can I put these girls outside?

Boisemorgan

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Mar 28, 2018
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Hi y'all! I have 4-week-old chicks inside my home in a brooder and they are getting stinky... I live in Idaho and it's spring weather -- 40's at night and 50-60's during the day. What's the general consensus for moving chicks outside?
 

Cryss

Eggcentric
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Nov 12, 2017
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Have you been lowering their brood heat? If they have their feathers start making it cooler each day until it matches outside. Monitor that they don't get chilled. Then start taking them out to their coop again monitoring. If they shiver or refuse to come out of a huddle in the hen house it's too cold. If they do well after a week outside you're golden.
 

TK421

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May 24, 2010
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I’m kind of freaking out about this now. I put my 4 week old chicks (feathered on legs, back, neck, etc) outside in the coop tonight. By the 5-degree-per-week rule, they should be at80 degrees, but it will get down to 58 tonight in south Texas. Am I worried over nothing?
 

TK421

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Thank you @Percheron chick This helps tremendously. They spent their first night in the locked up coop last night and I moved them into the run this am. They weren’t even as huddled together as they were when I went to bed last night. Some were huddled, but several were scattered around the coop floor, looking comfortable.
 

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