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When can my chicks go outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tiffster011, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. tiffster011

    tiffster011 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone. We are first time chick owners. My husband is just as excited as I am. We live in arizona. the high temps vary from 94 to 100 outdoors and lows are around 58 to 65 at night.

    Right now we have out 6 little chicks inside with a 100 watt lamp in a large box aka broader... they have enough room to get away from the heat of the lamp right now, but we will need something bigger soon. We built a chicken tractor that is outside waiting for chicks to occupy it.

    My question is when can these little guys go outside? They are about 1 week old. can I put them outside with my little 100 watt light bulb or are they too young.

    Can you point me in the right direction, or give me the old post link that has the answer.

    Thanks for your help
    Tiffany
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think i would put them in the tractor quite yet.

    Usually they will feather in at about 3 weeks and can do a pretty good job keeping themselves warm.

    This also depends on the design of your tractor and how well they would be sheltered from the cool night air inside.
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot to say [​IMG]
     
  4. tiffster011

    tiffster011 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you! Yeah i think they would be too cold, our coop is pretty open to help with the crazy heat of summer. I will wait and put them out when they have more feathers.
     

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