When can my babies go outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GlassesGirl, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. GlassesGirl

    GlassesGirl New Egg

    Aug 15, 2015
    Jenison, MI
    I have silkies that are almost 3 weeks old. They are the first chickens we've ever had. We have a coop & run out in the backyard, but the brooder is in our basement.

    I'm wondering when I can put them in outside. I've been bringing them out about once a day for the past week & they seem to love it!

    I live in Michigan. Right now the daytime temps are about 80 degrees & it's getting down to about 55 degrees at night.

    Any hints or tips appreciated. Thanks!
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    You can certainly move them out to the coop along with their heat source, they will need some heat, especially at night as the temperatures are beginning to fall. They will need extra heat until they are fully feathered which is usually between 8-12 weeks.
  3. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2013
    South Australia
    I would say so I put mine out quite early.
  4. tbared

    tbared New Egg

    Nov 22, 2013
    In West Central WI our hens drag out the chicks at 2weeks. At night of course they sleep in her plummage. So figure to keep them about 75-80 at night. The will huddle for more heat, but won't get an opportunity to overheat. The big there ng during the day is keeping them dry. They will be just fine out and about down to 60degrees during the day. Just make sure the have access to water, fine grit and food. They should be good. This is how I do things.for your consideration.
  5. MysteriaSdrassa

    MysteriaSdrassa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2015
    Central Wisconsin
    I also live in central Wisconsin and I routinely let my babies start exploring outside at 2 weeks. My brooder hut is small,, about 3 by 5 with a small attached run,, at 2 weeks i start opening the door with the heat lamp still on inside so they can explore outside and pop back in when they need to warm up

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