When do you move the chicks out of the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AccioSarah, May 15, 2010.

  1. AccioSarah

    AccioSarah Songster

    Apr 21, 2010
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    I have four, 4 week old chicks, who are currently living in a 30 gallon container in my garage with a heat lamp. They have a LOT of energy, and constantly want to jump out of the box (we have now put chicken wire over the top). We take them outside as often as possible to let them run around, but they still seem restless.

    When is the best/right time to move them outside? The nights are at about 50 degrees and the during the day it's about 60-80 over the coming week.
    I would also put their heat lamp out in the coop, and confine them to it for a couple days so that they know it's home.

    I would also wait about a week to move them... so they would be 5 weeks old. I'm adding an addition to the coop and would like it to be finished before they move out there.

    So- can they be moved outside at 5-6 weeks old?
  2. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    Are there going to be older chickens in the coop with them? If not, I'd say go for it! Especially since you'll have a heat lamp for them. Good Luck!
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
  4. Barred Rocker

    Barred Rocker cracked egg

    Jul 15, 2009
    King and Queen Co, Va
    I've got 18 week old chicks running around in my brooder. I can't keep up with all the poop so they're graduating to the outside brooder/chickcoop tomorrow. I'd prefer to wait until they're at least 2 weeks old but they're stinking up the house. I think as long as you keep a heat lamp available for them to sleep under you can take them out of the brooder after a week or two if the outside temp is at least in the 60's at night.
  5. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    I got 18 little babies in the house now...I will keep them there until they are about a week old and then move them outside to their own little brooder complete with 2 heat lamps....
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation 9 Years

    Mine are inside for less than a week, and then they go out. Winter is the only exception, when I keep them in the garage brooder for a couple weeks, and then they go out. As long as there is a heat light, they will be fine.
  7. Taniam

    Taniam In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2012
    Just wondering when I can put my older chicks in with other chickens. Whats a good age?
  8. Coop Deville

    Coop Deville Songster

    Mar 19, 2012
    Heat lamps are fantastic inventions. My first three chickens (barred rocks) were Christmas gifts. By mid-January they were outside and did just fine as long as the lamp was on.
  9. Taniam

    Taniam In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2012
    Im wondering when they will be "safe" from the other chickens picking on them? Does that happen?
  10. Coop Deville

    Coop Deville Songster

    Mar 19, 2012
    The rule of thumb is not to try to introduce a young chicken into a flock until it has matured.

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