When can my peeps go outside?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by poohbidaboo, May 28, 2011.

  1. poohbidaboo

    poohbidaboo Hatching

    May 27, 2011
    Hello everyone - I am certainly new to this, we decided to raise a few chickens for egg layers. Easter weekend, we got 3 black and 3 red babies. They are now 5 weeks old and starting to feather nicely. I am not sure when I can actually put them out in their pen & coop, we live in Michigan and they have been living in a spare bath tub. I am afraid the nights are still a little cold for them. If anyone can help me with this I would greatly appreciate it.
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. How cold is your night time temps? At 5 wks they should be getting a lot of their feathers by now. I put mine out in the barn at 5 wks at the beg. of May, but I still had a heat lamp because it was still getting down in the fortys at night then. Can you move them to the garage just to get them out of your spare bathroom. They must be creating a lot of dust by now. Good luck. [​IMG]
  3. lavenderlakefarm

    lavenderlakefarm In the Brooder

    May 11, 2011
  4. ResoluteES

    ResoluteES In the Brooder

    May 28, 2011
    I live in Michigan too. We are new to chickens too. Ours are about the same age as yours and mine are in the coop. I only put the heat lamp on them at night if it goes below 40. They are doing great and love to be outside.

    Have you been lowering their temp every week? I had been taking mine outside during the day a week before we moved them out to the coop.

    We even forgot to shut them in the coop last night and they were fine. When i got up to go to work this morning they were running around outside!
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Great advice given [​IMG]
  6. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. poohbidaboo

    poohbidaboo Hatching

    May 27, 2011
    Thank you for the insight, the nights go down into the 50's but I think this weekend they are headed out....yes I am crazy and addicted for keeping them in my home for the first 5 weeks, but cleaning up the dust was well worth it (I got tons of enjoyment watching them grow so big so fast) LOL
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana
  10. MSDeb

    MSDeb Songster

    Welcome to BYC, glad you decided to join us. Good luck with your birds.

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