When shud my chicks be able to forage?

plymouth bard

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My chicks are about 1 week old I'm thinking about letting them forage around in the backyard what shud I do???
 

Veer67

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What temperature is it where you live? If it's warm enough, you should let them outside, either enclosed or not. But they need to be under supervision at all times. The chicks will be able to tell you when to bring them inside; when the get cold, they will start huddling together and will cease to be as active. I would love to see some pictures if you decide to let them out! :D
 
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plymouth bard

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Here in Missouri we have extremely unpredictable weather. But we will probably have the coop built this week:)
 

TwoCrows

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Welcome to BYC!

I start my chicks with field trips at 2 weeks old. As long as the day temp is above 55 degrees, no wind and the sun is shining, it does them good to get out and forage. Start out at about 10 mins and work up the time from there. Always supervise them constantly as they can get lost and be hawk bait as well. Helps to break up boredom as well. Make sure to offer up grit for them if they eat things other than their chick food.

Enjoy your new babies and welcome to our flock!
 

liz9910

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Welcome to BYC! Make sure they are in an enclosed area and listen for a change in their noises, when they are cold their peeping will get loud and anxious.
 

natalie53079

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I agree... I would wait at least another week, and even then, I'd make it a closely supervised outing for just a few minutes. Best of luck to you and your babies!!
 

Wisher1000

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I have three week old chicks that are staying outside all day but are brought in at night. Please understand that it has been 70 - 80 degrees and there are about thirty in each pen so they have been able to stay warm. Chilled chicks contributes to pasty butt and lowered resistance to disease. A good alternative is to bring in some clumps of spring grass with roots and soil attached and let them explore and sample that awhile. It not only keeps them busy but innoculates them with a little of whatever you have in your soil. Have fun!
 
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