When to let babies range outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by catchthewind, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. catchthewind

    catchthewind Songster

    Jan 27, 2011
    Vancouver Island
    I have two six-week-old Lavender Orpingtons in a brooder with three two-week-old chicks. The brooder is hovering around 80 under the lights and just over room temperature on the cooler end. Do I have to gradually expose the chicks to cooler temps before letting them outside? It's calm and sunny out right now, but still only around 45-50 degrees. I'd love to bring the two older ones outside even just for a few minutes, but is going from the warm brooder to the cool outside liable to just shock them? If so, I'll just wait a few weeks until it's warmed up here some. It shouldn't be too long now. I'm itching to watch them outside though!
  2. chickanddoglvr

    chickanddoglvr In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    Cincinnati Oh
    Well it would be ok to let 3-4 week old outside for a little while, like 5-7 minutes, when it is that cool outside. You just have to watch them and make sure that they are not too cold and that they do not stray off.[​IMG][​IMG]

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