When should I take the chicks out of the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hotrod71, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. hotrod71

    hotrod71 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 chicks (4 rir's and two bantams) in a 2x5 dog crate. They are about 6 weeks old and I'm currently working on my coup in the back yard. Am I pushing my luck?
     
  2. Huny

    Huny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on your overnight lows. Here in Arizona I put out 4 week olds, but put a heat lamp at night for two more weeks. I raise "hot house" chicks though. I have a friend who has them out without heat lamps at 3-4 weeks.

    Do they have the majority of their feathers in? Are they without a lamp now? (In the brooder without the wind, but without the lamp) Then they should be good. Watch your overnight lows close until you know how well they will do.
     
  3. hotrod71

    hotrod71 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the reply; right now they're in my barn outback here in Ga. Our overnight lows are still in the mid 40's. yes the majority of they're feathers are in.
     
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  4. Huny

    Huny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our lows have been 45-55 so if they are in a barn with no lamp already I think you'll be fine.
     

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