When can they stay outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Carolyn227, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Carolyn227

    Carolyn227 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    Today is such a lovely day, so I put my month-old chicks outside in an enclosed area for the day. I plan on bringing them in at night for the time being. Anyway, when can they be outside full-time? Our last frost is not until late May or June, and we generally have lots of rain and then also plenty of beautiful days until summer. I no longer have a heat lamp as it broke a few days ago. Do I need to get a new one (if so, what kind should I buy)?
  2. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    When they are fully feathered around 4-6 weeks they can be out full time. As long as it's warm outside, they can be out, just provide water and a shady spot in case they get hot. I've read on BYC that you decrease the heat 5 degrees every week, so at four weeks they should be at 75 degrees, as long as the coop stays warm you wouldn't need a light, but if it drops below freezing the poor guys could get cold.

    I use a cheapy light from TSC. Works great.
  3. nicolets

    nicolets Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2010
    Monroe County, PA
    Yep, 4-6 weeks.
  4. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2012
    Necedah, Wi
    Mine have been outside in the coop and run since they were 2 1/2 weeks old. They do have a heat lamp in the coop for a little warmth since its been 20's and 30's at night. All the chicks are now 6 weeks old and healthy as can be.
  5. Lighthear

    Lighthear Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2010
    Elkhorn, WI
    My stupid boyfriend has our brand new week old chicks(6) outside in the non heated barn with 2 heat lamps. He says they will be just fine. It's gonna be 28 tonight by us. I refuse to get involved with the chicks since he won't listen to a word i say and I'm **** worried the little girls are gonna get sick and die![​IMG]

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