When to let silkie chicks outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by arialp, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. arialp

    arialp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have 4 Splash Silkie chicks and they turn 5 weeks on Thursday. It's very cold outside (high 33 and low 19) so I feel like they will have to be inside for an extended amount of time. Here are some pics of them currently...[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. chickenlover09

    chickenlover09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can't put them outside until they are fully feathered, usually around 6-7 weeks. It sounds really cold where you live though. Is there coop heated?
     
  3. arialp

    arialp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually live in tn. This cold is crazy. Both the coop and brooder are heated.
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm also in TN (and not liking this weather one bit)! I just kicked 3 7 week olds out of the brooder a couple of days ago. They do have a 6 month old cockerel sharing their new space, and they snuggle up under him at night. During the day they're running around like normal though. They'd been under a 40 watt incandescent bulb for a while before I sent them packing. I've got 6 more about the same age as yours, and they're not ready to be without the lamp. My brooder is outside (all 3 of them, I don't brood in the house at all) so they do have to deal with the temps outside of their heat lamp. They've got a 250 watt bulb, but have to get away from it for food and water.

    Perhaps you could make an outside brooder so they still have the heat, but aren't inside. I find my chicks feather out faster if they have to deal with the cold!
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Oops, I missed the part where you said your coop is heated! In that case, I'd totally put them out. If they've got heat, they'll be alright. My 7 week olds have no heat. Just that cockerel, and they've done wonderfully in this yucky weather!
     

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