When to move chicks outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hennypen, May 31, 2010.

  1. Hennypen

    Hennypen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Our coop is almost done. It has 3 protected sides (will keep out the west sun) and the rest is screened in with 1/2"x1/2" coated wire cloth.
  2. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    How old are your chicks? I think the usual age is 4-5 wks. old. Sometimes a little older, they must have all there feather before they can live in the coop.
  3. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    I know that all birds can go out if they are fully feathered and the temp is warm. Different breeds grow at different rates, but 6 weeks old is a good number to know when they can be outside. If it is cold then provide a heat source and they will do well. I am in the south so it is quite warm (mid 80's), and I have 3 BSL's that can go out anytime, and 9 other birds at 3-4 weeks that will go next week or two. Keep 'em warm, watered and fed (and protected from predators) and they will thrive!
  4. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    what is the age? if they have a nice heat source & away from a draft they will be fine...if not keep them in a little longer. I put mine out at 1 week in March, but I had 2 75wt. bulbs on them and there was no draft coming in the brooder....I have 19 little D'Uccle Bantams in the brooder now and today I checked and they had all gone to the other side of the brooder to get away from the heat lamps. they are feathering out nicely, of course I live in Va. so it's pretty Hot and Humid here right now.

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