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When can they go outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by heiko, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. heiko

    heiko Hatching

    Oct 12, 2008
    I have chickens which hatched on October 6th, 2008. We live in Pittsburgh, PA--so here its about 33 F (1 C) today, snowy and a bit windy. The chickens are in a coop which has a small door, but I still keep it closed since someone told me you should not let them out before they are 15 weeks old. However, they have a lot of feathers and look quite eager to get fresh air.

    Can I let them out already--obviously allowing them to return inside any time. I still keep a warming lamp on in the coop so they can get heat whenever they want to.

    Thanks for advice!

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If they were my young chickens I wouldn't let them out on cold snowy days, but any day when the sun is shining and the wind's not too bad go for it.
    Like you said, just leave the door open so they can go back in at any time they feel chilled.
    Keep an eye on them. Chickens aren't always the sharpest tools in the shed and they may stand in a corner huddling when they get chilled rather than go thru a doorway that's only inches away.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:Other ways to describe them... at times...

    Yeah sometimes the porch light's on but nobody's home.

    Sometimes, the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.

    At times they are just a few french fry's short of a Happy Meal.

    He's a couple buttons short on his remote.

    Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    They're not the brightest Crayon in the box...

    The "A" button is missing on the keyboard.

    He's missing middle "C".

    One brick short of a load.

    If he had a brain, it would be lonesome.

    He couldn't cut soft butter with a hot knife!

    He couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag.

    As useless as teats on a bull.

    One sandwich short of a picnic.

    Half a bubble off plumb.

    He has his solar panels on the north side.

    He would have told the captain of the Titanic, "Full Speed Ahead!"

    He lives in a Tinker Toy castle.

    He's not playing with a full deck of cards.

    He only has one oar in the water.

    One sandwich short of a picnic.

    One enchilada short of a combo platter!

    He's having a brain fart.

    He couldn't pour pee out of his boot with the directions written on the heel.

    More useless than a football bat.

    About as sharp as a marble.

    A few clowns short of a circus.

    Not the brightest bulb on the Christmas Tree.

    A few beers short of a six-pack.

    Dumber than a box of hair.

    Smart as a rock.

    A few peas short of a casserole.

    Doesn't have all his Cornflakes in one box.

    One Fruit Loop shy of a full bowl.

    A few feathers short of a whole duck.

    All foam, no beer.

    The cheese slid off his cracker.

    Body by Fisher, brains by Mattel.

    He fell out of the Stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.

    An intellect rivaled only by garden tools.

    As smart as bait.

    Chimney's clogged.

    Forgot to pay his brain bill.

    Her sewing machine's out of thread.

    His antenna doesn't pick up all the channels.

    His belt doesn't go through all the loops.

    If she had another brain, it would be lonely.

    No grain in the silo.

    Proof that evolution can go in reverse.

    Receiver is off the hook.

    Several nuts short of a full pouch.

    Skylight leaks a little.

    His Slinky's kinked.

    He's like surfing in Nebraska.

    He's got too much yardage between the goal posts.

    Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    24 cents short of a quarter.

    The wheel's spinning, but the hamster's dead.

    A few cards short of a deck.

    His brother was an only child.

    Pretty house ... nobody home.

    A few bees short of a hive.

    He's a few pixels short of the big picture.

    An egg roll short of a Pu Pu Platter.

    He's got a hole in his bag of marbles.

    His cord doesn't quite reach the outlet.

    He's a few channels short of cable.

    If clues were shoes he'd be barefooted.

    If his brains were dynamite, he couldn't blow his nose!

    And rast but not reast

    He's eating with only one chopstick.
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    let them out already, mine were born oct 1, and have been outside for couple weeks already. We've been below freezing quite a bit, and they are all doing fine, as soon as they are fully feathered they should be able to be on thier own.
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    [​IMG] Mahonri!

    There is no Candy in that pinata

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