When can they go outside

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ccarver80, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. ccarver80

    ccarver80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably been asked a million times.. I got Cornish X about 3-3.5 weeks old. We live in North Dakota, going thru a cold spell... lows last couple days have been in the upper 20's but going to get warmer with lows in upper 30's ... I would like to kick them out permanently and the chicken coop is an old camper so they have shelter they can go underneath
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    Last edited: Apr 27, 2017
  2. pnwoldie

    pnwoldie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can go out any time. The questions are:

    Can they stay warm enough? A heat tray is the perfect solution. I got the one from Premier1 with the cover and they did fantastic. I didn't have to worry about fire or about them not thriving because of being chilled. One morning DH went out to check on them there in the storage room next to the coop, and they weren't under the tray: they were huddling on an empty bag that I had used to cover the feed buckets. So I took the tray out. I don't think 3.5 weeks in your temperatures is ready, but what do I know? I put mine out at 4.5 weeks with the tray until they were a little over 5 weeks old. Yesterday they were 6 weeks old, and tonight is their first night up on the roost.

    Are they safe? Depends on whether the coop can keep out predators. Just a warning, lots of people on here have suffered tragedies from heat lamp fires. That's a cheap but dangerous way of providing extra heat.

    You could put yours out and see what happens, but I'd wait another week.
     

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