When can we play outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sarajoyce, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. sarajoyce

    sarajoyce New Egg

    Mar 3, 2016

    I purchased these babes last Friday, and I bought them the morning they arrived. How old would that make them? And when can we start going and playing outside for small amounts of time?
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    Roughly a week and a half old.

    Outside play is mainly an issue of temperature. If you provide somewhere they can go to warm up (such as a hanging heat lamp, MHP, etc.) then they can go out now. If no supplemental heat (and it's not really hot where you live) thrn I would wait until they're feathered out. You can always bring a little of the outdoors in to them however!
  3. turboscooby07

    turboscooby07 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 20, 2016
    I brought my chicks outside in their brooding box for some sun and fresh air fairly often. Chicks raised by their mother run about and come back to her to get warmed up as needed, sometimes they are out and about for hours. Even chicks will start to adapt to their climate. In my experience keeping them cooler will make them feather faster.
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    It's very good for chicks to start going outside for short periods around two weeks of age when the weather is nice and over 70F or 20C and no cold breezes.

    What I used to do when I brooded indoors was to load the chicks into a cat carrier and haul them outdoors. I'd open the door to the crate, and they would gather up courage to come out and explore. At that age, they last maybe half an hour and then they begin to chill. When that happens, they go back inside the carrier and huddle. That was my signal to bring them back inside and pop them back into their brooder.

    Each day, they can handle longer periods away from their heat source, and they will always let you know when they get cold.

    Chicks do not need to be under heat all the time without interruption. Periods away from their heat source will acclimate them to cooler temperatures, and this is good for them, and it will get them ready to move out of their brooder and into the coop eventually.

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